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Process for Mulchbeds

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cpllawncare, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I am writing some process's for the spring and wanted to hear what you guys do when either creating or remulch an existing bed, IE step by step instructions per say, this would be for a commercial application.
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Creating: 1) Create Bed 2) Mulch Bed 3) Clean Up 4) Collect Money

    Mulch Existing 1) Weed 2) Edge 3) Mulch 4) Clean Up 5) Collect Money
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    An additional cover in the Spring placed around the plants as they are emerging, is the way of ensuring deep cover without buring the crowns of the plants them selves... Putting down the pre-m and roundup-ing the perennial weed b4 the process is of course your first step...

    The use of fertilizer is a debateable issue, in that rapid growth, esp. on woody plants, enhance insect infestations... The rotting mulch from the previous years is about the best fertilizer perennials could want... :)
  4. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Thanks Smallaxe, I'm trying to write a process for all my services and wanted to make sure I wasn't skipping something. A few questions as to how often to you generally apply roundup or pre-em after the initial application, do you till after your first application before the mulch or not?
  6. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
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  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Pre-m should be part of a "Targetted" application. These applications are targetting specific problems that may or may not arise... If CrabGrasss is the target and is 'needed', then is may be applied for "X" number of "$"...

    Big IF a 2nd app is needed, it will also cost "X" number of "$"... One important thing to do is to make clear there is a Minimum Charge for each time you come on the property to apply anything...
    Even if your minimum was $35.00 and you were asked to spot spray(roundup) a few perennial weeds that didn't die in the Spring,, and it takes 10 minutes to get it done, the $/visit is $35.00...

    Even if your usual visit is over a hundred, it is good to name a figure that the client can relate to, as well as educating the client that so much is wrapped up in an unscheduled visit... However, They should see this as a reason to group a few items together before they say, "Let's Call, CPL"...

    Keep everything friendly by negotiating, instead of pre-selling unnecessary trips... When you write it into your business model you are stuck with it... Make a basic outline on your ad, then 'bullet point' the specific activities you recognize as, an "as needed" 'extra'... too many absolute payments seems expensive to people...

    Go after meat and potatoes with your ad, then work for the gravy... :)
  8. ryan alyssa

    ryan alyssa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Don't forget to srip the old mulch where necessary
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    When is it necessary to take old mulch away??? ... :)
  10. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,280

    Some times theirs to much mulch in the bed and you don't want a mound of mulch in the beds.

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