Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of using mulch?
Mulch helps to retain moisture, retard weed germination and growth and Insulates the soil from high heat in the summer months and colder temperatures in the winter months. Most organic mulches add nutrients to the soil. Mulch also helps to reduce erosion as well as add beauty to your landscape by providing a cover of uniform color and interesting texture to the surface. Mulch is extremely important for establishing plantings.
What is the recommended depth of installing mulch?
According to Clemson Extension Agency, “the amount of mulch to apply depends on the texture and density of the mulch material. Many wood and bark mulches are composed of fine particles and should not be more than 2 to 3 inches deep. Excessive amounts of these fine-textured mulches can suffocate plant roots, resulting in yellowing of the leaves and poor growth.
Coarse-textured mulches such as pine bark nuggets allow good air movement through them and can be as deep as 4 inches.
Mulches composed of grass clippings or shredded leaves should never be deeper than 2 inches, because these materials tend to mat together, restricting the water and air supply to plant roots.”
Do I need to remove the existing mulch in my flowerbeds?
No, you do not have to remove the old mulch as long as you don’t exceed the recommended depth of mulch for your trees and shrubs. In fact, your old mulch will continue to breakdown and add organic matter to your soil. However, it should be noted that if you have pine straw as your mulch and you are interested in replacing it with bark mulch, you might want to remove it to avoid seeing the pine straw through the mulch and utilizing more bark mulch than is needed.
Which mulches can I choose from?
We can install all our mulches using our Bark Blowing Service. See below:
Premium Mulches are our Natural that have No Added Color Enhancement: Pine Mulch, Pine Mini Nuggets, Cypress Mulch, Cypress Chips and Playgrounds
Decorative Mulches are our Color* Enhanced Mulches: Brown, Black, Red and Brown Cypress
*Please note: Color Enhanced Mulches can/will fade and stain. All Seasons is not responsible for any stains caused by the use of Decorative Color Enhanced Mulches
What are the advantages of using the Bark Blowing Service?
The Bark Blower Truck is specifically designed for quick and efficient installations. Due to the ability to add hoses to the truck, it is easy to access behind homes, buildings, over fences, inside courtyards, inside playgrounds and more. Our team is trained to install a protective blanket of mulch that is consistent in depth that reduces waste of material and provides an aesthetically pleasing landscape as well.
What happens if I don’t order enough mulch?
It is important to calculate the area you are interested in mulching to avoid additional delivery fees. Due to the 5 cubic yard minimum, we recommend you order 1-2 extra yards if the truck will hold the additional mulch just in case it is needed.
What happens if I don’t need all the mulch that I ordered?
You will only be charged for the amount of mulch blown (but you will be charged the 5 yard minimum regardless of amount blown).
What is the minimum amount of mulch installed?
Due to the manpower and truck costs, we have a 5 cubic yard minimum to blow bark into your beds or playgrounds.
How do I calculate the labor costs of installing mulch?
Our labor costs are calculated based on volume of mulch installed. You can call us at the office to get a quote or use the “Get A Quote” link and we will send you an estimate via email.
How do I calculate how much mulch I need?
Calculating mulch is easy. Basically, 1 cubic yard of mulch covers about 100 sq ft at 3” deep (27 cubic feet in a cubic yard). To get a better idea of how much you need, you can use our online calculator. Or you can simply estimate the square footage of each flowerbed in your garden. Add up the square footage of each bed. Multiply the total square footage by your depth in inches (we recommend 3” shrub and flower gardens). Divide the figure you get by 324 inches – this converts your measurement to cubic yards.
Example: An area that is 15’ X 20’ = 200 sq ft. Multiply 200’ X 3” depth (recommended depth) = 900 sq ft. Divide 900’ by 324” (inches in a cubic yard) = 2.78 cubic yards (so you would need 3 yards of mulch)
For circular or odd shaped beds, use the online calculator on our products page.
Do I need to add an underlayment for a pathway, driveway or parking pad?
Not always. The most important factor in creating a pathway, driveway or parking pad is making sure to create the appropriate slopes so that there water moves away from your home and runoff has a place to drain. You can use underlayment materials such a ROC/FLBC (otherwise known as Crush and Run) or Granite Sand to create a hard base so that it protects your rock from disappearing into the dirt below.
How do I calculate the labor costs for my project?
Bring in your drawing and/or pictures of the area along with complete measurements for more accurate estimates.
What type of edging products can be used to contain a gravel driveway?
There are a wide variety of edging that can be used in creating pathways, driveways and parking pads. Our recommendation is to call us to discuss your options based on what your use and what is adjacent to your project. A few of the options include metal edging, pavers, bricks and railroad timbers, just to name a few.
How do I calculate how much gravel I will need for my project?
Calculating gravel is basically the same as calculating mulch but can be somewhat confusing because gravel and rock is sold by the ton from our suppliers. Because each rock has a different density, each ton of rock can be converted to yardage using its density calculation. We recommend that you come by or call the office (843.559.5829) and give us the area and type of rock so we can help determine the amount of rock or gravel you need for your project. While we would love to do onsite estimates, it is not always possible during our busy season. Again, it helps to bring in a drawing and/or pictures of the area along with complete measurements for more accurate estimates.
What types of gravels are used for commercial applications?
The most popular gravels and rocks that we sell for commercial applications are Crushed Granite, Plantation Mix or Slag (made from recycled metal materials).
What types of gravels is recommended for pathway or driveway applications?
The choice of rock/gravel pathways, driveways and parking pads is dependent on aesthetics, use and budget. Realize that different gravels have different textures so it is best to come out and see the samples, test the feel of the rock and see the color (the internet color is often times misleading). It helps to bring in a drawing of your area with complete measurements for more accurate estimates.
Can I pick up materials at your location if I have a truck or trailer?
Yes. You can pick up any of our materials onsite as long as we have them in stock. It is always a good idea to call ahead (especially in the spring). We try our best to keep all of our materials in stock but occasionally the manufacturer or supplier may run out. Most typical trucks hold ½ to 2 yards of material depending on the size of the truck and amount of weight it will haul.
What if you get stuck where I have asked for materials to be dropped?
Our delivery trucks are heavy (especially when fully loaded). Even our smaller trucks can easily get stuck in soft, sandy soils of the Low Country. Our policy remains that we will do our best to accommodate your drop spot. However, this is the reason we ask you to be present to sign our waiver releasing us from any damage our truck may cause and accept financially responsibility for any towing charges associated with trying to accommodate your drop location.
What if I need the materials in my back yard or somewhere other than the driveway?
We do our very best to accommodate your requests. However, there are limitations to where you can place materials. Trees overhead, electrical, phone or cable wires, ground firmness, gate widths or structures must be taken into consideration when deciding where we can dump materials.
Where do you drop the product?
The majority of our deliveries are usually dropped on the driveway. Our trucks are very heavy and there are many factors that are taken into consideration when delivering materials.
Height of the Truck – our trucks lift upward and usually require 15-18 feet of clearance overhead.
Weight of the Truck – our trucks are heavy (especially when loaded to capacity) and range from 15,000 to 26,000 lbs.
Width of the Truck – most of our trucks require at least 12 ft width for clearance of any gates, fences, etc.
Do I need to be onsite for delivery?
It is beneficial for you and for our drivers if you are onsite to accept your delivery. First, we need a signature to give us rights to access your property. Second, it helps us to put the product in the exact location that you request. However, if the delivery location is on a hard surface such as a driveway, you can give us a verbal approval to access the driveway.
Can I mix and match materials in one load?
Sometimes. There is no way to separate bulk materials on the same truck so as long as you are ok with materials mixing when they are dumped onsite. We try our best to accommodate your needs but it is not always possible. For example, sod is delivered on a flat bed truck and bulk materials are delivered on a dump truck. Therefore bulk materials such as gravels, soils or straw cannot be delivered on the same load as a sod delivery. However, orders that include both pine straw and soil can be delivered together. Again, call us to determine your needs and we will do our best to help!
If I don’t need the minimum quantity listed on your online ordering system, will you still deliver the material I need?
The answer is yes “most” of the time. We do our best to accommodate your needs that make practical sense for both of us.
Will I be charged a delivery fee if I refuse the delivery?
Is there a delivery fee associated with the delivery service?
There is always a delivery fee if you opt to use our delivery service. The delivery fee pays for the convenience of using our truck and the costs associated with running our trucks.
If I want you to deliver my materials, is there a minimum amount you will deliver?
To utilize our delivery service option, there is a minimum quantity required per order to receive our standard shipping rate for your delivery location.
What happens if the product is unavailable for the delivery option I have chosen?
Our office will contact you to discuss any product shortages. If we cannot come up with a viable delivery date, we can void your order.
If my delivery location is not listed, can I use the online system?
You cannot order online. Normally, most of our deliveries are within Berkeley, Dorchester, and Charleston Counties. However, we will try to accommodate your location. Give us a call to discuss your options.
How accurate are the images on our website?
Photographs on our website are provided to serve as a reference. Due to the differentiation of mulches, gravels and stone in nature, we recommend a visit to our showroom to touch, feel, and see the product before making a final selection to ensure the product meets your approval.
While we take every step to accurately display our products, we cannot always control the final photo that we have displayed on our website. Conditions that could affect the quality of the photo may include (but not limited to), vendor changes, sunlight, distance photo is taken from actual product, moisture, cameras, lenses and borders.
All Seasons Landscape and Maintenance LLC retains all property rights to the photographs and images contained on our website. The photos should not be copied, reproduced or used in any way without prior written permission.
What depth of mulch should be applied on playgrounds?
What are the advantages of using Bulk Soft-Landing Chips (Playground Chips) for use on playgrounds?
The Bulk Soft-Landing Chips creates a cushiony surface, reducing risk or potential injury. The chips are environmentally friendly and meets or exceeds federal safety requirements of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission including American with Disabilities Act requirements of handicap accessibility.
What types of materials are approved for use on public playgrounds such as those found at schools, daycares, churches, or parks?
SCDHEC follows the guidelines of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Loose materials that can be used as playground surfaces include wood chips, wood mulch, sand, recycled rubber mulch and pea gravel. However, the most widely used product used in the Lowcountry are “engineered wood chips” we call Bulk Soft Landing Chips that have been certified by IPEMA for use on public playgrounds (ASTM-F-1292).
How does pricing work for the labor cost of the mulch blowing service?
The labor portion of the mulch blowing service depends on a number of factors including, but not limited to, accessibility, quantity, and distance. Volume discounts apply for larger jobs. Estimates are free – call us at 843.559.5829 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
How does the installation process work for fenced areas, backyards and hard-to-reach areas?
Our bark blowing trucks can spray the mulch using a hose system to distances up to150 feet. These hoses are easily maneuvered over fences, in backyards, and can reach most inaccessible locations. This type of installation is fast, cost effective, and requires minimal interruption.