Any guesstimates on mulch weight?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by eskals, Apr 19, 2001.

  1. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    Ok, so I know this is a difficult question to answer because of a lot of variables, but how much do you think a yard of shredded hardwood mulch weighs? Assume that the mulch is not wet, very slightly damp. Not compacted, just dumped.

    I only ask out of curosity. Me and another guy were just trying to fend off boredom while shoveling, and started discussing this. It feels to be less than half the weight of topsoil (and topsoil is roughly 2000lbs per yard???). Therefore, we guessed about 700-800 pounds per yard.

    Anyone else care to take a guess?

  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    could dig in my folders and find out but i would guess half of soil so half ton.
  3. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    800 sounds about right to me.
    Jim L
  4. Matt

    Matt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    More than 1 company here says the average weight is 1,000#/yard. Just an average, the variables will make a big difference.
  5. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    Good to know we were close. Thanks

  6. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Lemme take a shot at it. I would guess that 1000lbs of mulch ways approx a half of a ton!


    I just had to! ;)

  7. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would guess more like 400 lbs/yd. No way it is near 1000 lbs. It is delivered to us 85 cu/yds in a walking floor trailer. That would put the truck way over weight limit. We haul 15-20 yds on a Bri-Mar dump. So again I am sure it is not near the 1000 lb mark. Just my guess.
  8. eskals

    eskals LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210


    We appear to have quite a range here. Anywhere from 400lb/yd to 1000lb/yd. Next time I go to pick up some mulch I may just have to jump on the scale.

  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    I put 4 yds in my 3/4 ton pickup,and 5 in the 1 ton dump.4 yds in the 3/4 ton doesnt even phase it,it almost sits level,but still a little high in the rear,so i think 500 lbs /yd dry is about right.When i have 1 yd of crushed stone on,it sqauts more than 4 yd of mulch.
  10. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I heard 500 lbs---variables of course.

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