how thick do you usally spead mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Supper Grassy, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    how thick do you normally spread mulch
  2. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    3 inch range. Sometimes less if there is good coverage. Around 4 if there is no mulch to begin with.
  3. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    2-3 inches - maybe more like 4 if it is a new mulched area or a playground area.

    I never never comply with requests to mound mulch around trees, though. Bad for the trees, and takes way too much work to remove it all when you want new mulch there in a couple of years.
  4. HARRIS Property Management

    HARRIS Property Management LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Sounds about right
  5. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    New beds (dirt) 3"-4" otherwise 2". I went on 4 mulch estimates in the last 2 days and was asked what is the least amount of mulch we could put down to "freshen up" their beds. I stick with 2", but it just goes to show you that people are still very cost concious this year. I got 2 out of the 4 so people are willing to spend the money, just not so freely. One job is 6yds of mulch @ $80/yd (open beds) and the other is 4yds @ $90/yd (some edging in that price).
  6. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    3 inches in sufficent.
  7. Columbia Care

    Columbia Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    If the property is being preped for sale, I spread mulch at 1 1/2 to 2 inches (enough to help the house show well). For my regular customers, I spread it 2 to 3 inches. If there has not been any mulch in the bed before, I spread it at 3 to 4 inches.
  8. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Properly mulched beds are 3"-4" in depth.
  9. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    3" in new beds, 1-2" if you're just top dressing.
  10. oakwdman

    oakwdman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,297

    Agreed, if you're mulching every year 3-4" shouldnt really be necessary.

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