Mulch clean-up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by economiclawncare, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. economiclawncare

    economiclawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    I have about 500 sq feet of flower beds i need to take the mulch out of them b/c it is brown and i have to replace it with red. What is the fastest way to do this. I am thinking to rake it onto a trap and then dump it in trailer. Could i put the red on top of the brown.
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Put the red right on top of it.
    Why take it out?
  3. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    I would put the red right on top of it.Just do it a little thick so the brown doesnt show through.
  4. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,030

    Exactly what I was thinking.

    Did the customer specifically demand the old mulch be removed? If not I would go over top.
  5. economiclawncare

    economiclawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    does every one agree with going over top and at what point do you have to remove mulch and start over can you just keep putting mulch on top forever
  6. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    The old mulch should break down over time. I would not remove it.
  7. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    The only time I would remove the old mulch is if it was way too thick and messing up the plants, but it would cost. I did have a new customer last year that wanted some of it removed, because it was piled up high on the plants, I took a rake and moved it away from the plants and they did just fine. It should have broke down, but it was too thick.
  8. bayoulawn

    bayoulawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    the thicker the mulch the fewer the weeds and evaporation of moisture.
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Yes, but the thicker the mulch, the more it promotes rot around the base of the plants.

    Not to mention the thicker the mulch, the closer it probably creeps to the siding, which opens up a whole 'nother can of worms for the homeowner....

  10. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    If its a depth issue because of plantings or foundation lines then remove it, if not go right over. I have mulched some properties 6 years in a row and never had a buildup, it breaks down.

    The real question is who would pay for a whole other mulch installation just because of color? I think its a little anal but hey, I will do anything ;) for the right price.

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