View Full Version : how thick do you usally spead mulch

Supper Grassy
03-18-2010, 05:05 PM
how thick do you normally spread mulch

03-18-2010, 05:28 PM
3 inch range. Sometimes less if there is good coverage. Around 4 if there is no mulch to begin with.

03-18-2010, 05:42 PM
2-3 inches - maybe more like 4 if it is a new mulched area or a playground area.

I never never comply with requests to mound mulch around trees, though. Bad for the trees, and takes way too much work to remove it all when you want new mulch there in a couple of years.

HARRIS Property Management
03-19-2010, 12:28 AM
Sounds about right

03-19-2010, 12:40 AM
New beds (dirt) 3"-4" otherwise 2". I went on 4 mulch estimates in the last 2 days and was asked what is the least amount of mulch we could put down to "freshen up" their beds. I stick with 2", but it just goes to show you that people are still very cost concious this year. I got 2 out of the 4 so people are willing to spend the money, just not so freely. One job is 6yds of mulch @ $80/yd (open beds) and the other is 4yds @ $90/yd (some edging in that price).

Glenn Lawn Care
03-19-2010, 02:16 AM
3 inches in sufficent.

Columbia Care
03-19-2010, 09:25 PM
If the property is being preped for sale, I spread mulch at 1 1/2 to 2 inches (enough to help the house show well). For my regular customers, I spread it 2 to 3 inches. If there has not been any mulch in the bed before, I spread it at 3 to 4 inches.

03-20-2010, 08:51 AM
Properly mulched beds are 3"-4" in depth.

03-20-2010, 04:57 PM
3" in new beds, 1-2" if you're just top dressing.

03-20-2010, 05:01 PM
3" in new beds, 1-2" if you're just top dressing.

Agreed, if you're mulching every year 3-4" shouldnt really be necessary.

Supper Grassy
03-20-2010, 07:00 PM
now my next question.

If you were to pick mulch up with a utility trailer would you tarp it?

03-20-2010, 07:01 PM

Supper Grassy
03-20-2010, 07:14 PM
what kind of tarp would you use and how would you secure it.
last time i tried it i was using a blue poly tarp and it blew up making my trailer look like a bag of popcorn.

since then i have added sides to the trailer

what type tarp is best

my thoughts on how to fix this is to wrap the tarp around a board and secure that to the front of the trailer and/or switching to a different type of tarp i was thinking burlap/ or mesh but if any of you who do this everyday like something else let me know

03-20-2010, 07:19 PM
This is what I have for my truck. Could get a bigger one for the trailer though, doesnt fly up while driving.


Just use bungee (sp?) cords to secure it, get a pack of 20 or so for like $10...

03-20-2010, 07:53 PM
I spread it around at 1/2 inch or even less in some areas and 6-8 inches in other areas of the same bed. Just depends where my wheelbarrow falls over. I spread up to 12 inches around trees. Really like to pile it up so they can't breath and suffer. Oh wait, that is not me that is some of the hack companaies where I live.

Agree with 3" new beds, 1" to 2" top dress.

Supper Grassy
03-20-2010, 08:02 PM
thanks for all the help.

so what size would be ideal for a 6x12 trailer

Supper Grassy
03-21-2010, 09:07 PM
should i get a tarp the size of the trailer or one that is bigger than the trailer

03-21-2010, 09:13 PM
Go bigger, you're gonna have to go over the material which will most likely be mounded
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03-21-2010, 09:21 PM

I love my bulldog tarps from am leonard. A 6x12 will fit my 6x10 dumps easily.

03-22-2010, 03:31 PM
I typically spread it to 1" to 1 1/2" if there is already a good amount in the bed. Minimum 3" to 4" spread if it's bare ground I'm covering. Bed conditions vary my coverage.

03-22-2010, 03:43 PM
For the tarp question: The nylon mesh tarps are the only tarps I use for tarping anything, I only use the blue ones for piling debris on and pulling around the yard. Also an 10X14 should be used on a 6X12 trailer (depending on the height of the sides). I bought a 6X12 for my 6X12 dump trailer and its pretty much unless when mulch is heaped up past the 2 foot sides. This year I'm adding taller side boards and buying a larger tarp.

Oh, and 1-2" for a re-mulch and 3-4 on a new install.

Supper Grassy
03-22-2010, 03:47 PM
ok thanks for the tips, Danscapes is there a specific supplier that you use for your tarps