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Old 05-14-2014, 05:44 PM
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Does this mulch estimate seem right?

So I'm pricing out a mulch job for this lady. I calculated 2458 sq ft. Seems to be high to me but let me know what you guys think, the back yard is 80' across and 50' deep. She said she might just want the front done because of price, the total price for the cheap mulch would be $2,275.93. Mulch is $25/yard, wants it 1", and that's 97.03 cubic yards. Seems way too high to me. The dyed mulch will be $35/yard. Here are some pics, would like to give her an estimate tonight or tomorrow if i can. Figuring a total of 3 hours of work for the whole yard, for just the front about half that.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:52 PM
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Am I missing something? 80 bags of double shredded, double dyed mulch will cover 1000 sf 2" thick. I can purchase 80 bags for $250. My math for the mulch is far less than yours.
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I believe it is 97 cubic feet that you have calculated. 97 cubic yard is almost 10 dump trucks full. from the pictures I am seeing maybe 9 yards going thick.
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:09 PM
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I believe it is 97 cubic feet that you have calculated. 97 cubic yard is almost 10 dump trucks full. from the pictures I am seeing maybe 9 yards going thick.
It just recalculated but still got 22.6 yards
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The demesions you gave were 80 feet by 50 feet? is she wanting the whole back yard covered? do you have some graph paper to lay out what she is needing? Just the beds right?
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97 cubic yards @ 1" deep...... Would mulch the Whole Hood

3 hours for 97 yards of mulch??? With a train and a pair of blowers maybe

97 bags might do that place @ 1"....


I'd highly suggest mapping the property out on paper and estimating every "square" or "rectangle" of flower bed seperatly. Then ad up the total sq footage. Again.

2400 sqft @ 1" is closer to 7 yards. 5 if they scoop it like they do here. Get 10 yards, put it on a little thicker because thin mulch sucks on so many levels. Its too light to smother out weeds, and to thin to rake back over the holes left from pulling them out. Get 10 yards, go about 2" deep and charge her accordingly. No tree volcanos either

Prep time______
Installing 10 yards of mulch_______
Cleaning up stuff that falls from wheel barrow______
Detail around plants________
Cleaning mulch from plant leaves________
Cleaning mulch from truck/trailer/tarp/dump site______
Smoothing and touching up low spots_______


3 hours is is not enough time for a single person to do than well IME

With out spraying, you could spend the better part of that pulling that crap around the mailbox.
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Am I missing something? 80 bags of double shredded, double dyed mulch will cover 1000 sf 2" thick. I can purchase 80 bags for $250. My math for the mulch is far less than yours.
Yea i know, i must have done something wrong
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Mwalz...I see a landscaper lives next door to this job. Is that you?
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:21 PM
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Mwalz...I see a landscaper lives next door to this job. Is that you?
Good eyes.

That trailer with some OSB/plywood sides could carry that mulch in 2 trips.


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Old 05-14-2014, 06:25 PM
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By the way, a cubic yard is 27 cubic feet.

@3" covers 108 Sqft
@1" covers 324 Sqft.
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