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Bark Mulch amount???

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Joe Lombardo, May 5, 2004.

  1. Joe Lombardo

    Joe Lombardo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I started a small Bark Mulch resale business, I buy my mulch from a local supplier, who loads my truck. The question I have is, I measured the dump body on the truck and according to my calculations if they loaded my truck even with the extended side boards this truck holds 7.5 yards. The most they can load on it without the load spilling over the sides is 6 yards, do I go according to amount they say they loaded or do I sell the load for the amount the dump body mathematically holds (7.5 yards). I have noticed that the bucket on the loader is not heaping but it is not leveled off either.. What are your thoughts??????
  2. Joe Lombardo

    Joe Lombardo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    First time I have ever submitted a question and no one has an opinion on it. Is everyone out of thoughts?????
  3. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    what they say is a yard of mulch might be more than a yard. it depends on the scoop and the bucket size. i've gone to different places for mulch before and the amount varies one places was at a yard and the other was a little more. it sounds like there scoop is alittle more than a yard ( sounds like 1.25 yards ) or it could be that when he's loading you up he isn't packing it down after a few scoops. so the mulch isn't compacted down and there are little air pockets everywhere. i seen a guy last time i was gets some top soil got 2 yards of mulch in his pick-up ( it was humped up well over the top of the bed ) then he got up in the bed and stamped the mulch down and had another yard put on top.
  4. DJL

    DJL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    First question I have is why are you buying it from a local supplier only to sell it retail? Seems like it would be easier (and MUCH cheaper) to have it delivered wholesale.

    I would caution you to charge by what your truck holds versus what you are getting. Especially if you are selling to landscapers. Chances are they know how many yards it takes to do the job. If they say it requires 7 and you provide them with 6 you are probablly going to have a mutiny on your hands. Just my opinion of course.

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