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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Ssouth, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    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.
  2. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    So this doesn't count the edging and bed prep?
  3. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    Scott, no this is installation only.

    Anyone else care to share their times?
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    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:
  5. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    80 yards(semi full) 6 hours in a grass playground. F350 dump, skidsteer, 3 @labor, including me.
  6. MLS

    MLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    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.:)
  7. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    Quality is better than quanity.
  8. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    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.
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    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.....
  10. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    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.

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