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Mulch Question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Jmill88, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Jmill88

    Jmill88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Stupid question.... I am starting to offer mulch installation next year, but I have a SUV. Just wondering if anybody puts mulch in their open trailer. Do I need to have wood sides or will it stay in the trailer pretty well? Should I use a tarp? I could use bags, but it generally isn't as good quality.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I would say that you should build up some walls and use a tarp. That way it all stays on the trailer and you should not have any problems getting pulled over.
  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    I use bags, but have hauled it on my open trailer. As for the sides, it just depends on how much you're hauling. If it aint too much then just put it in the center and you'll be good. I have thought about sides for mine but don't really need them
  4. SunState Lawn Care inc

    SunState Lawn Care inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Jax, FL
    Messages: 351

    We use bags here as well a whole lot easier and not hardly any difference in cost per yard just plain easier for us that way.

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    i mulch with an open trailer. go to home depot or lowes and buy 2 sheets of plywood and cut them in half long ways and place them along the sides of the trailer. on my 16 ft trailer i can get 4- 5 1/2 yards of mulch on it. any job over 10 yards i get the mulch delivered by tandem and have them piles through out the complex.
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I would say to build some type of sides on the trailer. I use my lawn trailer but it has 4 foot slatted sides on it. I put some masonite along the boards just to keep it from falling out but I don't really need to. An open trailer may be nice to get at the mulch and if you are able to tarp over it I guess it would work ok. You can get much more on the trailer with sides, my 14' trailer will hold 7 to 8 yards of cedar with the wheelbarrows and shovels.
  7. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    I would highly recommend a pickup. Many people in my area use trailers but they work twice as hard. If you use a pickup you can put the wheel barrow right up to the gate and load it with a mulch fork very quickly and without having to bend over. I can go through 5 yards of much very quickly that way. Have 1 guy loading a barrow(always me because im fast) and the other guy dumping it. Use 2 so when the guy comes back for more another is ready for him. I can lay alot of mulch that way. I have an insert in that pickup ans well so i can dump in accesable areas to unload the last bit. With the sides i can put 5 yds. 6 if i pushed it but 5 is heavy enough.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009
  8. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    But it says your solo?
  9. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    What do you call an "open" trailer?

    Some I have delivered.

    Small amounts to 2 yards, I put in my "open" trailer. It's a 6 x 12 with sides about 2' high.

    I just tarp over the top to stop the stuff from blowing.

    Actually, I save the 40 gallon tree pots, and line the bottom of the trailer with them, and have the bark dumped onto and around them. Then I just tilt the wheelbarrow forward to touch the deck and slide a pot into the wheelbarrow or dump it into it.

    Saves most shoveling for unloading. Then I just stack the pots, and anchor them so they don't float out with wind returning.
  10. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    If you have enough volume at the property... delivered for sure!

    Enough volume = more than one trailer full...

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