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Mulching with bags

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by horizonmowing, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. horizonmowing

    horizonmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    I work in Northern Va. I would love to mulch by the bag (cleaner, easier and faster) but it is so expensive. Does anyone know where I can find bulk mulch by the bag?
  2. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 550

    well try a landscape yard
    if you do the math on labor vs the added cost you might be supprised
    find two jobs about the same size and scope try each way
    i always thought that the baggs cost to much but there almost no clean up no wheel barrows and so fast it is unreal

    my and 2 guys can put down 10 yards a day with bulk the same 10 yards in baggs can be done in 4-5 hours , plus u can haul bagged mulch on my big flatbed trailer and only make one trip
  3. Robert S

    Robert S LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Posts: 97

    lowes,wamart has it
  4. horizonmowing

    horizonmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    yeah, it is much faster and cleaner but still alot of $$$$. I prob could get a tractor-trailer load and that would bring the price down near what bulk would be but its alot of bags to have around the house:)
  5. Jeds_Lawn_Care

    Jeds_Lawn_Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 304

    you can get it @ lowes for approx. $4/3 cu ft bag. $36/yd......Dang that is high.
  6. horizonmowing

    horizonmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    yes, that is WAY to much $$$$
  7. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    While working for the City of Chattanooga, I mulched mass areas with bag mulch. et me tell you this from experience. It is not faster,easier or cleaner to do bag mulch if you have a trailer that is set up correctly. A 6.5 by 12 tandem axle trailer with 2 foot sidewalls is excellent to haul up to 8 yds of bulk mulch. Get your self a two wheeled 10 cubic foot wheelbarrel. Heaping, you can haul a half of a yard at a time. With a good size 12 plastic scoop from Lowes, you can shovel 2 cubic feet per time. work from the back of trailer up to the front. If you can move bag mulch faster than this setup; you are doing something wrong
  8. EgansCountryGardens

    EgansCountryGardens LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    this is an interesting thread. I was just talking to one of my buddies down in north carolina. He is the sales manager for a large landscape outfit down there. He used to work for a company up here in Mass. where we always use mulch bulk for installs.
    Well, he calls me the other day, and tells me at this big co. down in NC, all they use is bags. He says it's faster, cleaner, and whatever is left goes back into stock at the shop.
    Well I own a garden center and landscape contractor here in MA. I know that if I buy a flatbed trailer load of bagged mulch 3 cu. ft bags. I can get it for about 2.50 a bag. That's only 22.50 per yard. There are about 60 bags on a pallet which can be loaded into the back of a pickup. How else can you fit over 6 yds. in a pickup? The pallet is shrunk wrapped and it stands tall in the bed, but it is easily doable.
    I'm gonna try it this year for sure.
  9. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    The only time it's profitable to do bag mulch is when the customer demands it...and pays extra. Red mulch is 3.50 or more per 2 cubic foot bag. That's more than 45 per yard. I pay 12 per yard at a mulch wholesaler for bulk red mulch. Me and one helper have no problem spreading 8 yds in 2 hours...even less if the area is wide open. And, there are no bags to pick up. That's comparable to about 110 2 cubic foot bags. Do the math.
  10. horizonmowing

    horizonmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 81

    If the mulch is not bought at a wholesale price when using bags, then it will surly cut into your profits, but if i can get it by the bag for nearly the same as bulk mulch, i still say its a better way to do things. For those of you who mulch, try it both ways this year and ill resurrect this thread in a month or two and well get everyones opinions.

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