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re mulching

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lawnguyz2k3, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. lawnguyz2k3

    lawnguyz2k3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    When remulching do you take away the old mulch or just pile the new on top of the old?:eek:
  2. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    dump ontop of old.
  3. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    On top of the old...
  4. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    If you can afford the time, its a good idea to cultivate the old mulch into the soil before adding new. We always do this, but we maintain a College campus and aren't trying to make a profit.
  5. bcx400

    bcx400 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 77

    A few years ago, my clients started asking for dyed-mulch, specifically, black-dyed. Being that this mulch is pure wood (no bark), it takes years to decay. An inch or two added every year is now building up to 5 or 6 inches. It is time to remove the thick layer. IMO, anything over 3" depth is too much.
  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Usually put a thin layer of mulch down over the old, it's only getting put down to incorporate the pre-emergent as well as add color. However, after a few years, you will have built up enough to where you should consider removing old.

    If it's getting piled up on tree trunks, remove it. If it's within a couple of inches of house siding, remove it. If its ON house siding, you better remove it PRONTO and hope no critters have decided to use the mulch as a superhighway into the house!

  7. lawnguyz2k3

    lawnguyz2k3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    thanks alot it will sure save me alot of time. i was thinking what the heck am i getting myself into i feel better now thanks again for your answers....
  8. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    cover over old unless it is close to the wood siding
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    If it's close to any, then it needs to be removed.

    Remember that even if you have vinyl siding, there's still wood underneath.
  10. lawnguyz2k3

    lawnguyz2k3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    thanks again its good to know that problem could pop up thanks again

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