View Full Version : Is this $75 worth of mulch?

04-08-2010, 04:15 PM
I've never bought it bulk like this so I can't tell for sure if I got what I paid for, which was supposed to be 'about' 3 yards. Looking at the photo, in your opinion is this nearly 3 yards of mulch?


04-08-2010, 04:27 PM
Doesn't look like 3 yards to me...more like 1.5-2 yards

04-08-2010, 04:30 PM
Looks like 2 yards. but 75 bucks delivered thats still a good deal.

04-08-2010, 04:33 PM
Sure dont look like 3 yards from the pic .

By Us Company
04-08-2010, 04:33 PM
Looks like just under 2 yards to me. Not to bad of a deal delivered, a little more than what I would want to pay.

04-08-2010, 04:34 PM
The delivery was actually $25 extra (so $100 total)...but I'm just trying to figure out if the pile of mulch I have in my driveway is reasonable for the price. I swear they told me it was close to 1 yard per scoop and it was $25 per scoop. Based on that I figured out the price if I bought bags and the bulk option was a lot cheaper. So, my point is I should have gotten a good deal more mulch for $75 than if I bought 2 CU FT bags at $3.85 per bag. If I didn't get the amount I was supposed, then I'm not a happy camper.

By Us Company
04-08-2010, 05:20 PM
Like I said, around 2 yards. Meaning you paid around $38/yard not including delivery. Yes, I would be very unhappy.

04-08-2010, 05:30 PM
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04-08-2010, 05:31 PM
I would guess 1 1/2 at the most. I'd be making a phone call
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04-08-2010, 05:33 PM
I called them and they're going to check with the driver to be sure they left 3 scoops. Now the lady tells me it's about 2/3 yard per scoop or about 10 bags. They sell their 2 CU FT bags at 3.50 so they tell me it's generally about $10 cheaper to buy the same amount in scoops instead of bags. I don't know. I'll see how much it spreads out. If it covers what I need pretty well, we'll just call it a day and forget about it. Maybe lesson learned for next time though.

By Us Company
04-08-2010, 05:45 PM
Even if they left 3 scoops, you are still talking only 2 yards of mulch. And at $100 delivered, I would tell them to send some more or come pick it up. I don't know what price you agreed on though.

04-08-2010, 05:50 PM
i'm with everybody else..looks like 2 yards or less...i have one of those load handlers for my truck and at times i will deliver 3 yards of mulch out of an 8 foot pickup truck bed and after dumping the mulch, the pile i get is twice as big, so i'd say you got ripped off.

starry night
04-08-2010, 06:05 PM
I am trying to judge the size of the pile vs. cars in the background.
The rest of you think it's more than I do. To me about a cubic yard.
You were ripped.

04-08-2010, 07:18 PM
The price for the mulch itself without delivery was $75. I think I'm going to save a picture of this (and take a better one) and show it to a few other places and see if what they're selling would be a good deal more material for the same price. If it is, I won't buy from these people anymore.

04-08-2010, 07:21 PM
I look at the headlight on that SUV, behind the pile, and size wise I'd say you payed a lot. I pay about $18.00 a yard, for triple shredded mulch, and my supplier leans toward the generous side of a yard.

04-08-2010, 07:29 PM
About a yard and a half.

04-08-2010, 07:54 PM
I dont know about in Ohio, but a bag mulch runs from under 2 bucks, to as high as $2.50 at the big box stores. At $3.85 I'd do some shoppin.

EcoGreen Services
04-08-2010, 08:22 PM
Hard to say from the pic,
But if I assume it's a pile 3ft high and 6ft wide and basically cone shaped
it would be roughly 28 cu/ft , A yard is 27 cu\ft

04-08-2010, 08:30 PM
if you can fit that in a 6 foot bed of a pickup its 2yards, if it fits in a 8ftbox of a pickup with a little hump its 3 yards thats the way i would load it when i sold it and i always made sure i gave plenty. looks to be a little over a yard to me.

04-08-2010, 08:42 PM
Tricky to measure. Here is the calculation.

I estimated the diameter at 10 feet and the height at 4 feet. If a yard equals 27 cuft then you have 3.8 yards. You may need to find an average diameter from several places.
Of course, you could always load it into your truck and take it to an official weigh station. But they dont guarantee weight...
But maybe you could get an official 3 cuft wheelborrow and count the number of loads you had to take.

starry night
04-08-2010, 09:03 PM
I agree with EcoGreen about how big the pile looks.
But, Lotsagrass, why don't you just tell us the measurements of the pile?

04-08-2010, 09:36 PM
I stuck a yard stick down the center and the pile is just under 3 ft tall. Maybe 7-8' long and about 5-6' wide (it's not a circle, sort of a stretched out oval.

The 3.85 price per 2 cu ft bag is what I've been seeing at Lowes and Home Depot around here for similar mulch. This place says they charge 3.50 per 2 cu ft bag.

Anyway, sounds like all you guys are saying I ended up with about 1.5 yards and if that's a pretty close estimate, then yeah I probably did end up getting less than what I was expecting for the price. I've been spreading it around already and maybe it's a little deceiving from the looks of the pile, but it's going a lot farther than I thought it would. I think it's going to cover what I wanted. But still, next time I'll do some better comparisons between stores and actually use my own truck to haul it so I can see up front how much they're putting in. I can figure the dimensions of my bed ahead of time and find out for sure if they're not giving me enough.


04-08-2010, 10:10 PM
Don't you have a reputable, Nursery or Landscape supply in your area? one that kinda gives a baker's dozen, if you know what I mean.

starry night
04-08-2010, 10:39 PM
I would never suggest government regulation but ...........I don't think it should be allowed to sell mulch by the scoop unless it is expressly stated that this scoop equals .6 cu yard or .75 cu yard or whatever. But it ought to be exact.

04-08-2010, 11:07 PM
is that your tractor in your pic? are you using it to spread and move around? if so measure the bucket and determine the cubic feet and try to load it the same every time or as close to the same as possible count the number of buckets and multiply it by the number of yards your bucket it

South Florida Lawns
04-09-2010, 12:35 AM
They must measure yards the European way, I'd say you got bent on that one!

04-09-2010, 09:55 PM
Most loaders have a bucket capacity about 1.4 cubic yards. You can be sure the manufacturer knows how much that bucket holds.

starry night
04-09-2010, 10:25 PM
Riggle: What loaders are you talking about? Most of the nursery centers in my area have tractors with loaders that you can't get a cubic yard on heaping them to overflowing. Sure, some of the big mulch suppliers have bigger buckets up to a couple yards. But I think the original poster was talking about scoops at his supplier. And his own tractor appears to be a compact model which probably holds less than a yard.

By Us Company
04-09-2010, 10:32 PM
Cat 908H loader has a bucket capacity of 1.4 cy.

04-10-2010, 01:23 AM
Nope, at least not compared to my pile of 6 cu yds

04-10-2010, 02:59 AM
looks like 1.5 cu. yards. i think you got ripped!!!! for sure..

most buckets for front loaders , are... 1 cu. yard..... or 5 cu. yards!!!!!
every place here. and i mean all nurseries and landscape materiel places use 1 or 5 cu, yard buckets.!!

04-10-2010, 03:09 AM
I've never bought it bulk like this so I can't tell for sure if I got what I paid for, which was supposed to be 'about' 3 yards. Looking at the photo, in your opinion is this nearly 3 yards of mulch?


but then again. here if 1 yard was delivered, the delivery would be 40. so 1 yard of materiel, plus delivery would be around 75. so you probably got 1 yard!!! according to what the price is here..

Alpha Property
04-10-2010, 09:17 AM
1 cubic yard of black or red wood chips (mulch) is $48 plus delivery, and you'd be lucky to get delivery for less than annother $40
I'd say the pile looks pritty close to 2 yards

04-10-2010, 11:06 AM
Ditto on the barely 2 yards. I would definately be making a phone call before I started moving the pile.
Have a supervisor come out and look too.
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05-01-2010, 08:54 PM
Definatly got ripped there bud. Thats def under 2 yards. I buy from a bigger supplier so I pay 11-12 a yard brown and black and red are ab 16-17 a yard but i pick it up so im not sure about delievery. My local nurseries charge 20-35 a yard depending and prob 30-60 for hauling.

05-02-2010, 02:38 AM
I stuck a yard stick down the center and the pile is just under 3 ft tall. Maybe 7-8' long and about 5-6' wide (it's not a circle, sort of a stretched out oval.

3 x 5 x 7 = 105 cubic feet = 3.8 cubic yards. Double check that measurement.

05-02-2010, 04:23 AM
I thought this was a joke for the first 20 seconds. I think i know why my mulch bids are so much higher. Id spread that in about 5 good scoops . That looks like an average to hefty yard to me

05-03-2010, 01:13 AM
looks to be about a 1 yard scoop an that is 17$ thank you!Damn good profit margin

05-03-2010, 04:41 AM
george. I am looking at a 52 inch gravely in crab orchard. wanna be a third party inspector? come on I see nothing but fully submerged "midsized" cars out my window hahahaha

05-03-2010, 04:59 AM
I've never bought it bulk like this so I can't tell for sure if I got what I paid for, which was supposed to be 'about' 3 yards. Looking at the photo, in your opinion is this nearly 3 yards of mulch?


Not sure from a picture, hard to say exact because it could fool you, that could be anything
from one to five cubic yards, it could even be as little as 1/2 c.y. or maybe it's four, who knows?
But I can tell you one thing...
And the math is not exact but using a 6 cubic foot wheel barrow...
Which that's a pretty standard barrow, there exist to my understanding only 4, 6, and 8 cf barrows.

With my 6 cf single wheel barrow it's right about 5-6 maybe 7 barrows a cubic yard,
and it can and does vary, but roughly speaking I like to say 6 each.

Normally 3 cubic yards would usually come out to somewhere around 18-21 wheel barrowed loads.
Not always, sometimes as little as 14-15...

And there's room for error but not in a gross way, now if you got 14-15 or more barrows out of it, ahhh...
But if that got spread in what came out to 6-8 or 10 barrows worth then it wasn't no 3 c.y.'ds

How I do it, count the dang barrows.

05-04-2010, 06:55 AM
Looks like 1 yard and a wheel barrel/