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How do you get mulch to the job site

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cutting image, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. cutting image

    cutting image LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I have always went to get the mulch from my supplier then went to my customers house and started the job. If I needed more I would start the process over by going back getting more and back to the customers home. This is very time consuming and not very productive leaving and coming back as many times as needed, so my question is for mulch jobs you cant get all the mulch in one trip would you have the supplier deliver all the mulch to the customers home. (thus saving you time and time is money) Do you think this would be unprofessional to have this dump truck come and dump 6, 8, 10 or more yards of mulch in their driveway
  2. betterlawnsandlandscaping

    betterlawnsandlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    I am assuming your talking about bulk and not bags? It sounds like a good idea but if you end up with too much, then you spend all of the time you saved cleaning up the leftovers.
  3. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    I have a dump trailer. Basically drag the mulch off the tailgate into wheelbarrows, put a tarp under to catch the leftovers. When you're done, go get more. It usually works out -- the guys are tired, so we get some lunch and another load of mulch. If you have too much mulch, you just pack the trailer up and send it on to the next job. No waste, no giant piles on trees.
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  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    my supplier charges me $50 to deliver. wether it be 3 yards or 30 yards. its a no brainer for me to have it delivered. its not just time which is money..its wear & tear on your vehicle you have to look at as well.
  5. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,629

    it really depends on your setup. If you can say carry 6 or 7 yards between your truck and trailer and do mostly that much then delivery is the best route for those large jobs. however, if you lay 10 or more at a time it would be wise to invest in a dump trailer.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I can get 5 yards in my Dump truck and that usually works out well for me on most properties.

    The last thing I want to do is shovel mulch or rock off the ground and into a wheelbarrow, so it's labor saving for me just to get it myself and load off the truck. That and like stated above, the last thing I want to do is shovel a yard or two off the pavement if I have too much delivered. I like being able to just leave when the job is done and dump any extra on my leftover pile where I store extra supplies.

    The next goal is though to get a dump trailer to supplement the truck, and to be able to haul 10+ yards of mulch at a time, saving trips.

    If I ever get big enough, I'm going to invest in a rock-shooter truck and make things that much easier.
  7. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    Most of the time its just easier to go get it yourself, as there may be delivery charges, they might not always be on time, there is not a mess left it the street/drive to clean up etc etc Unless you have a huge job You have to figure out what works for you my trailer holds 5-6 if i have a job 20yards or over I usually get it delivered
  8. DixieFerris

    DixieFerris LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    We run the Mulch Mule, it rules!
  9. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Mini or the big one? Trailer or on truck. How much mulch you moving in a day. What are you using to move mulch from mule to bed. Are you using it for other stuff besides mulch? How much mulch you doing in a year? I want a mule bad but can't afford one - Yet!
  10. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    1yrd mulch covers:
    324sf at 1 inch
    162 sf at 2 inches
    108 sf at 3 inches

    measure beds as a square at the widest and longest points and divide by the corrosponding depth and you should have a bit extra left over, make your transport plans accordingly.

    I have half my beds at home in fir, and half in hemlock (the two most common in my area) so I just freshen either with the leftovers.

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