Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lady jane, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. lady jane

    lady jane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Could someone tell me how much time it should take to spread a yard of mulch please?
  2. mtg97

    mtg97 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    14 minutes if i can back my dump up to the site dump it on level ground and spread it with no trees, shrub or plants, also that includes no edging or weed pulling, your question is like asking how long it will take to change an alternator on a truck, there are variables do you have to take three other belts off to get to your alternator?
  3. lady jane

    lady jane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks. That helped alot. I was going to figure for variables I just needed somewhere to start. I just got a new job as manager of a landscaping copmany. I know managing but not how many man hours jobs generally take. Is there somewhere to get a general idea how for man hours a job should take?

  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,312

    I know it doesn't help now but tracking your own crew(s) is the best way to find how long various tasks will take.
  5. lady jane

    lady jane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Another smart person has told me that too. I am just getting started and this will be my first new job since I took the position.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    after doing a couple jobs you will be able to figure it out pretty accurately
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Once upon a time, there was somebody that posted the title to a book that gave estimates on labor for varying landscaping services.

    It was similar to a labor estimate book you see mechanics use to estimate labor on repair jobs.

    I'd like to find that book, so if anyone runs across it, let me know.

    It can take me any where from 30 minutes to 90 minutes to unload a yard of mulch, depending on conditions.
  8. beegreenlandcare

    beegreenlandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    I don't know, but I've always heard it should take about 1 man hr. per yard of mulch to spread. We've laways beat that, but I have amore efficient system than most.
  9. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    A old landscaper told me once that you should be able to spread a yard an hour. That is how i price a job. It may take you an hour and 15 minutes but it is a good starting point. Good luck
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    1 man hour is about average.

    If I can just dump a wheelbarrow and spread it with a rake, after I've pushed the barrow 20 feet, then I can bust out a yard in 20 minutes.

    Sometimes I run into one of those jobs that is a full blown perennial beds and I need to be surgical about mulch placement. That can be tedious.

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