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How Much Mulch on Trailer?


LawnSite Member
Hempstead, TX
I've never bought mulch by the yard before, mainly because I always had very small jobs. Now I'm in the process of doing some larger jobs and will be buying the mulch by the yard and will be picking it up with my trailer. My trailer is a 16'x6' landscape trailer w/4' sides. Any idea on how much mulch I can safely fit on there.


Mike Fronczak

LawnSite Senior Member
Rochester, NY
Do the math 6x16x4=384 cu ft/27 ft/yd =14.22 Yd. Capacity on trailer. My concern would then be about weight.
Mulch is a rough product to do this with, as it is subject to who is loading you & how the load you.
One place we go, they almost always load 1.5 yd for every on you want, and it is packed into the bucket. Another place will load the skidsteer then shake the bucket, not only does it shake off the excess, it fluffs the mulch, & shakes off more. Needless to say we almost always go to place # 1.


LawnSite Fanatic
Clinton, NJ
When I haul my own mulch, I use my F350 PSD and 8x16 trailer (7K axles) with 3 sides. I NEVER go over 8 yards.

D Felix

LawnSite Bronze Member
A 14k trailer and you never go with more than 8 yards? Or am I misunderstanding you and you have 2 axles rated at a total of 7k? I would think it's probably closer to 7' wide, I don't think even semi trailers are a full 8' wide. Even at that, I'm thinking you probably have a total rating of 14k....

FWIW, we have a 6'x14 trailer (total rated capacity is 7k) that we can stuff 10+ yards onto, as well as a 7x18 trailer (total rated capacity is 12k) that we can stuff 15+ yards onto.....

You have to watch your combined gross vehicular wieght rating when buying a trailer. Any combination with a rating of 26,001 pounds or more, with a trailer rated at 10,001 pounds or more, you MUST have a Class A CDL. The CGVWR can be 26,001 pounds or more if the trailer is rated at 10,000 pounds or less. Until the truck rating is 26,001 pounds or more, then you are back to needing a CDL...

So basically if you have an F450 and a 12k trailer, you need a CDL. You should be fine (AFAIK) with an F350 and a 14k trailer, but you can't get any bigger with either one.:)