How to tell if I actually get a Yard of Mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by scottf624, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. scottf624

    scottf624 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I am in OHIO and the large chain of MULCH stores, which I'm not going to name, seems as though their bucket is a lot smaller than some of the other guys we buy mulch from. Last year it wasn't a problem, we brought the bucket size up to the manager and he helped us out. I got the manager a new job working somewhere else making 2x the money this large chain was paying him and the new manager isn't a very friendly guy. He insists that his bucket is a yard. Do others of you run into this same issue?
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,111

    Bucket capacity is often stamped on the back of them. If nothing else get a tape measure and figure it out.
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    I have one place where the guy shakes the bucket till it even. Another place i ask for 3 yrds and gives 6 ,of course I'll never tell him its to much!
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    This is super easy next time your their jump out of your truck with a tape and measure the inside of the bucket, you will find his bucket he calles a yard to measure 3x3x3 feet.
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  5. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    I had one place where I brought that up. He was using a 3/4 yard bucket and calling it a full yard. Once I said something, he just started heaping it. Then I gave him a tip and started getting an extra bucket full.

    I now buy from a different mulch place where I pay for 5 and get about 8. Im not complaining about that though. :)
  6. silverado212

    silverado212 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    Most suppliers I have found around Cincinnati use 2/3 to 3/4 yd buckets. There are a few who use yard buckets. Most have been good about stating what size bucket they use. I can only think of one chain supplier here. We don't use them for reasons of bad experience.
  7. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Measure your truck bed to determine how much it holds leveled off. That should give you a good idea on how much you're getting when you visually look at how much they put in.
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  8. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    I measured my trailer and put marks on the inside for a yard and 2 yards. That's all my trailer holds, so its a little easier to figure out. Going to one or two suppliers for everything also helps and knowing who heaps and who shakes the bucket.
  9. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    I agree when in doubt ! Pull the tape out!

  10. OmegaRed

    OmegaRed LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 191

    Or call weights and's no difference than gas meters or a cord of firewood.

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