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weight of mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Fishin LCO, May 10, 2004.

  1. Fishin LCO

    Fishin LCO LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 143

    Anyone know about how much 1 yard of mulch weighs?
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Depends on the mulch...
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    it depends. soaking wet probably over 1k lbs. relatively dry its around 600-700/yd if i remember what my supplier told me.
  4. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 821

    I've heard around 800 lbs. Only been told that by one person.
  5. Fishin LCO

    Fishin LCO LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 143

    thanks for the responses
  6. goose

    goose LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    I dont know where these 800 lb answers are coming from, look at it this way. Nine bags of 3 cu ft mulch equals a yard. How much does each of these bags weigh at Lowes. Not 90 lbs each. Maybe about 30 lbs , so my answer is a yard of mulch weighs about 270 lbs.
  7. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    We're talking bulk mulch wieght, not bagged, however methinks you need to step on a scale with one of those bags.....

    Either you are stronger than you think you are, or you are very bad estimator of wieght.

    It's been a long time since I worked at a garden center and dealt with those bags of mulch, but they are a lot heavier than 30 pounds.

    Again, wieght varies by type and how wet it is, but the 800 pounds per yard is around what we figure for our hardwood bark mulch when reasonably dry. The trailer pulls just as hard with 15 yards of mulch on it as it does with a skidsteer or mini-ex. At 270 pounds per yard, thats just a little over 2 tons for the 15 yards. THERE IS NO WAY our mulch wieghs 270 pounds per yard! We wouldn't be able to keep it stockpiled at that rate - it'd all blow away.........

  8. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,654

    I just put six yards of fine hemlock mulch down yesterday and it was damp enough that you could squeeze it together into balls. My tandem axle trailer held it okay but I sure didn't like the look of the tires flattening out.
  9. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Its in the area of 800lbs per yard. If you are buying bulk mulch from a good supplier it will never be soaking wet all the way through, maybe the top few inches at the most, so it stays at a constant.
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    800/yd seems high to me,although I also know that 270 ain't where it's at.
    I've quite often put 2 yards in a half ton pickup with no squatting of springs whatsoever, I've also run with three yards in a half ton.........3 yards you know you've got a load.
    But,3 yards at the 800lbs/yd would put me at 2400 lbs for 3 yds?
    I know this particular truck won't do 2400 lbs. Even at 2 yards it would be at 1600 lbs...........the springs would be squatting for sure and they don't.
    We do a lot of mulch......600 yards I believe last year,most delivered,but I do know what can be hauled and what can't............just my half penny's worth.........

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