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07-08-2002, 01:33 PM
This morning we put out 23 yds. of mulch in 2.5 hrs. That is the fastest we've ever been able to put down that much. We used the tractor to load wheel barrows and were able to get the tractor directly into a few places. This was done with two people.

Before our best was 24 yds. in 4 hrs. That job was all done with scoops and wheel barrows and most of had to pushed 150 yards away. Also with 2 people.

Just wondering how our times compare with others.

scott's turf
07-08-2002, 01:44 PM
So this doesn't count the edging and bed prep?

07-08-2002, 09:06 PM
Scott, no this is installation only.

Anyone else care to share their times?

07-08-2002, 10:06 PM
Best time new construction cut beds, installed 32 cu yds mulch 3.5 hrs. 2 drivers 2 f-350's, 1 skidsteer w/operator, 1 Mantis tiller (to cut beds) & me:D


If only we could all do our best time for every job:eek:

07-09-2002, 09:52 AM
80 yards(semi full) 6 hours in a grass playground. F350 dump, skidsteer, 3 @labor, including me.

07-10-2002, 12:40 AM
I saw a guy this morning in a regis truck. He told me he could spread and clean up 50 yds an hour. I did'nt stick around to see but it sounded impressive.:)

07-10-2002, 02:32 PM
Quality is better than quanity.

07-11-2002, 10:05 PM
CT18Fireman, what do you mean by " Quality is better than quantity"? Here it's not very hard to install mulch with high quality results. You simply dump and spread at a pre-determined thickness, level, and go on your way. I hope you are referring to the blowers, because I've heard less than positive results from them.

07-11-2002, 10:17 PM
Quality factors would include: Keeping the mulch off of the flowers, the low or ground-hugging branches of everything else, keeping the mulch away from the bark of the trees, forming a saucer shaped mulch ring around the trees of not more than 2-3" thickness, crowning the mulch along the bed edges, smoothing the mulch surface on open areas and cleaning any spillage off of turf and hardscape areas. There may be other touches that I'm not thinking of right now.....

07-11-2002, 10:34 PM
Lanelle, your criteria for quality is very nice and we do the same things as you mentioned. When I asked about "records" I assumed that everyone was performing professional work.

We don lots of mulch and I just wondered if our times were the same as others in the industry.
All I want to know is "what is your best time for installing mulch?" I only posted this to see how I perform with other professionals landscapers. If you don't want to post your times, that's fine. I just wanted to know if our company was fast, slow, or scrub slow. LOL.

07-11-2002, 10:36 PM
You are right Lanelle. CT speaks without knowing in my case. Our area was an open play area with immediate access, mulch was on a hard surface for easy pickup, and play equipment doesn;t hold much mulch, not many tree circles or wells. Wide open and we could fly. In this case quantity was quality. Being as it was for a PTO thing, our price was rediculously low. But the kiddies are happy and mud free:D

07-11-2002, 11:02 PM
I posted the record a year or so ago, 1500 cu yds in one day, we covered a 4 acre site in two days with 2000 cu yds.I need to search to find it.

07-11-2002, 11:26 PM
And once again we are all taken to school by Paul. :D This guy is my hero and my inspiration. Did you use that "little" quad for that?

07-12-2002, 07:40 PM
we used the small quad on that job:)

07-13-2002, 02:26 PM
what do you charge for 23 yards when you do it so quick? i have never done a job that large. my biggest was 6 yards and it took myself and 3 workers 4 hours. We had to do a 20 ft. berm and around many shrubs and trees. The mulch was already paid for and delivered and I charged $500 to spread it. Was my price low or high?

07-13-2002, 10:58 PM
Your price is high since it doesn't include material.

07-13-2002, 11:43 PM
I wouldn't say your price is high. You charged $31.25 per man hour. I don't think that is unreasonable. Why charge less just because it is mulching?

07-14-2002, 04:22 PM
My personal record is 12 yrds in 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was a square playground. I had the truck dump 2 piles on opposing corners. I used the snow blade on my Grasshopper to push it around.