Help on Mulch job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Blueribbonlawns, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have a 5,340 sqft property to top off with mulch this spring.
    My question is how do i figure how much to get? i need it to be 1'' thick.
    Also do you think it would be over kill to rent a dump trailer and a dingo,
    Im thinking that if i do i can get all of it done alot faster than just shovels and wheelbarows.
    How are you guys handling this work?:usflag:
     
  2. deason

    deason LawnSite Member
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    Is 5340 your bed size? If it is, I would say between 12-15 yards. But you have many variables. Also, I am not going to tell you how I came to that number. You need to figure it out like everyone else here has.

    As far as the dingo and dump trailer..... can your supplier deliver? That would eliminate the need for a dump trailer. Depending on how much labor you have at your disposal, you need to figure out the cost difference between the 2 vs time allowed. You need to figure out this on your own also. That way if you screw up, you will learn a valuable lesson.
     
  3. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
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    you need about 17 yards of mulch at 1" thick. There is a mulch calculator in the helpful tools tab on top of the lawnsite page. I wouldn't rent anything for this job, just have it delivered. I've done 18 yards in a two days by myself with my 6x12 trailer just using a wheel barrel and a pitch fork.
     
  4. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    No they wont deliver it so i need to do it my self this is my first time for mulch so bear with me, I called the compost and they said 324=1cubic yard 1'' thick so take with times length=5,340 divided by 324=16 1/2 cubic yards?
     
  5. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you very much i was very confused on this one being my first time for mulch i came up with 16 1/2 cubic yards
     
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    that is not right, you need to be 3 inches at least.....in a couple of weeks it will look like crap, weeds coming up, and bare spots will start to show......
     
  7. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im just doing a spring top off thats why 1'' thick
     
  8. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    id still want to go thicker though, the old mulch will start to show through just from the weather....
     
  9. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
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    have you tried refreshing the old mulch to see what it looks like? you could be short changing yourself by just throwing new on the old. you might be able to get a complete overhaul if you tried. anyway, goodluck. by the way, i came up with around 16 yards.
     
  10. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well im getting ready to send my bid out $1570 for everything is that too much or too little?
     

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