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How much mulch in pickup?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by South Florida Lawns, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    How many yards of mulch can I fit in an 8ft pick up bed? 1 or 2
  2. OSCLandscaping

    OSCLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    2 yards, rounded.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653


    That's a little bit like my trailer, it holds 5.
    But 4 is good too :p

    Because 4 kinda sorta fills it, and 5 is full to the borders with a hump in center
    so that is pushing it not just in terms of volume but also the weight.
    So when they load it, and I can't prove this but I could swear they tend to
    skimp me a bit per bucket on the 5 but when it's 4 they seem to load a little heavier.

    And I would say you would get more mulch per cubic yard in two 1 yard trips than one 2 yard trip,
    of course the cost of the extra trip outweighs the benefit...

    Funny how that works.
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    2. More if its dry and you have sides.
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Anywhere from 2 - 5 yards :) That's quite a swing.

    32 sq. ft. in a standard 8' bed. And that is just between the wheel wells. 18" high.

    Has anyone figured out how to calculate the extra width minus the cu. area of the wheel wells. It's a little over 5' wide when measured away from the wells. So b4 you get one foot deep in the bed, you already have 1 yd.

    I would like to know for sure that 8" deep in the truck is 1 yd. Or is it 9 1/2" depth/yd.?
  6. bakerc8

    bakerc8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    pur in one then see if you can put 2
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,993

    2 will fit , 3 will not
  8. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    I have had 10 in mine.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Thanks guys. I usually only deal with bags but my nursery stopped carrying mulch so I might start getting bulk from this big place down the road.
  10. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    3 in a short bed (why did I buy that :hammerhead:)... tarp and boards... mulch isn't that heavy...

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