Mulch Weight

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by redoak77, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. redoak77

    redoak77 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was wondering what the approx weight of 1 cubic yard of mulch is. I am buying a 5 x 10 trailer with a 3500lb axil so i need to know how much i cacn put on. Thanks
     
  2. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have the same trailer. I got a yard of colored mulch and it was all on the front end. I was able to move it. I have heard mulch weighs 6-800# I thought that yard of mulch I got was about 75# I think I got screwed. I also have gotten hardwood. That weighed about 100# in a 35 gallon trash bag.
     
  3. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    I was gonna say around 700#.....I maxed out my single axle 3500# trailer with 3 yards.

    Derek

    I now have a tandem trailer that will carry 5+ yards.
     
  4. Dig Yard Dirt

    Dig Yard Dirt LawnSite Member
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    I put 16 yards of wet triple ground hardwood on my 16' gooseneck dump and the lift wouldn't raise it until it was half unloaded. It was very very heavy!!!!

    16*700=11,200
    Truck =6800 (scaled)
    Trailer =4100 (scaled)
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    22,100 lbs with my Dodge turbo diesel
     
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,900

    Rule of thumb, Mulch 800# per cubic yd.
    Average 1/2 ton and over pick up will only hold 2 yards because of volume and that needs to packed into the corners and packed down.
     

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