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A flooring contractor will charge $1,412 to install 12-inch marble tiles laid in mortar in a 10- by 10-foot hallway, with $545 in materials. Full story (Sherwin Williams /November 18, 2013)
Mulch always looks good in a garden bed because it creates a uniform background for the soil, which lets the flowering plants stand out. And below the surface, mulch also reduces evaporation, slows the growth of weeds and protects the roots of plants in temperature extremes like no other material can. When mulch is an organic material like wood chips or bark, it improves the quality of soil as it decomposes. If mulch has a downside, we don't know what it is, and there's no job easier than adding it to garden beds.
To lay a 4-inch-deep spread of bark mulch in a 300-square-foot area, a landscape or garden service will charge $403, which includes the material and labor. You can buy the mulch for $83 and do it yourself, and pocket a 79 percent saving. You'll find organic mulch sold shredded or as chunks or nuggets, depending where you live. If you're buying a lot and your vehicle isn't large enough to transport the material, have it delivered. You'll need a wheelbarrow, hand weeder, shovel and rake. Before spreading mulch on a garden bed, weed the soil, make sure that it's level and give it a good soaking of water.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$403 -- $83 -- 5.6 -- 6.0 -- $320 -- 79 Percent