Mulch - yard or scoop?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Allen@hilltop, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. Allen@hilltop

    Allen@hilltop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I am estimating my first large mulch job. It will require 217 cubic yards of mulch. My supplier charges by the scoop. How do I determine how much to order? What would others charge to put this out?
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Measure the bucket of the loader to see what the cubic feet measurement is, then divide by the number of yards needed.Usually a 5' Bobcat bucket , a little heaped will be close to a cu. yd. With 217yds. , I'd sub it out to a blower truck, and make a nice 15-20.00 yd for doing nothing, except for writing the check to the blower co. That would be a 15K job for us to do by hand, depending on the terrain and accessibility.You could make 3200.00-4300.00 by subbing it out.JMO....
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,544

    I would ask him how much is in a "scoop" and if he doesnt know may be time to look for someone else.
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    if they are using a skid stir its 1 yd per scoop
  5. Columbia Turf

    Columbia Turf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Hole in one-----so what you are saying is, the bucket on a case 1835 is the same as a case 95 XT.??? These are both skid steer units. Every one that buys mulch from thier local nursery should check out just how much they get in a "scoop"

    if you have 1 job thats takes that much mulch, go right to the mulch supplier. 217 yrds is around 3 semi truck loads of mulch. Yes you should look at blowing it in.
  6. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Supplier in TN sells for $7.50yd for dark hardwood.
  7. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 261

    if your mulch supplier is reputable, he would sell it by the yard, which is the standard for mulching.

    His "scoop" might equal a yard. Ask first. If you're buying 217 yards, I would hope, your'e getting that amount. Thats alot of money and material to be guessing on.

    Most large suppliers will deliver with a tractor trailer dump or a walking floor. Typically the walking floor trailers deliver 70 yards, although our loads have been mostly 80. Depending on the wetness of the load and grind of material 80 is pushing GVWR and GCWR of the tractor trailer.
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I'm just real curious,What could you possibly be doing with 217 yards of mulch?
    That's a whole lot of mulch, and we've done enough 100 yard jobs to know what it will cover.
  9. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    I agree Dave ...thats one big mulch job. Something doesn't seem right here. Your going to want to skip this middleman loading it by the scoop for a job that size. How do you determine how much to order? You said you need 217 yd3 ???????? And if your asking how to price it you may be in over your head..
  10. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    whats so hard to believe about 217 yrds of mulch? Some mulch companies do jobs around here that take 2000yds at a time. I would sub it out also though.

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