Prep before Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by RedWingsDet, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    To get weeds out before you lay mulch, do you ever use a garden hoe to break apart the roots from the weeds and then rake them into a pile?

    Im not sure if it will work or not, but im sure if it works itll save alot of time.

    I have to lay 14 yards of mulch on monday and I want to make sure I can prep it and lay it in the quickest time possible. Thanks
  2. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 808

    For big weeds then pull them up. If small weeds or if there is bermuda or whatever then just spray with round up and dont worry about them.
  3. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Flat blade shovel works good for us.
  4. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Yes, I use a garden hoe to get the weeds out. It works great and is ALOT quicker than by hand.:usflag:
  5. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Just about anything except landscape fabric for us.

    Fabric is a nuisance.

    Tools always seem to come through.
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Hoe or a rock rake to uproot the weeds, then 4" of mulch. They won't grow through.

    Fabric should only be used under rock.
  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    cut them down with a line trimmer and then spray them with round-up and a pre-emergent.
  8. ferdinand711

    ferdinand711 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    if it's a new bed then take the weeds/grasses out with and edging shovel and a good landscape fabric is best before the mulch but if your'e just adding a new one on top of the existing mulch then you should take the weeds out and spray the bed before mulching.

  9. whales

    whales LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Not a fan of landscape fabric. I'd rather go with the idea of removing material, spraying, etc.
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    for me it has proven usless in the past, andi dont use it any more..... 3 or 4 inches of mulch after spraying seems to work the best....

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