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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mbigred, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. mbigred

    mbigred LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    How long would it take two men to install mulch 2" thick and with the mulch in the driveway (10 yards ) what do you think ? I think it would take 12 hrs.
  2. airsoft1779

    airsoft1779 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    depends on how far the mulch is from where you are placing it.. if it's a typical smaller residential and the pile isn't to far away, I can do about 2 yards per hour. So 10 yards of mulch b/w 2 people working efficiently shouldn't take you more then 3 hours. unless its detailed/on a hill, then it'll take a bit longer..
  3. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    12 hrs damn. We did a 12 yard job last week took 4 hrs cleaning and prepping the beds then only 2 hrs to spread. That's just two guys. We were in and out in 6 hrs and made a sweet profit.
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  4. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 398

    That is about 135 2cf bags. So you are saying your guys can only move 11 bags per hour???? There are important facts left out such as how far the mulch has to be carted and how far you have to drive to get the mulch. I always use bagged mulch. The cost is not that much different and is actually more cost effective because you do not have to fork the stuff into the wheel barrel. ON an average I can do 30-40 bags per hour solo. Plus maybe 45 minutes to pick. Home depot will even load it for you:)
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012
  5. grandview (2006)

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

    12hrs if I go home and include a nap in that time. Couple of hours at most.
  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    i had a 50 yard mulch job last year that i edged weeded and mulched in 13 hours with two guys with the mulch in the bed of the truck.

    Could the op have meant 12 man hours? 6 hours each person? that is a little closer
  7. DavidsonLandscaping

    DavidsonLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    it takes me 7 hours to do 9 yards of mulch by myself. Including the prep work, edging, weeds etc. Should take a lot less with 2 extra guys. If it still takes 12 hours, id find new workers.
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  8. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    My all time record for 10 yards is about a little over 4 hours.
    This is spreading dry bark in a flat yard by myself. I was running each load and I was in my twenties. This did not include the prep.
    I remember it well because the guy was sitting in his chair and timing me, and I was showing off my fitness. We were both impressed when I finished.
  9. Squires4Seasons

    Squires4Seasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Moving mulch to bed and spreading it for 10 yards...3-4 hours. (not including prep) Get the mulch delivered close to the job site.
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    Figuring 1 yard per man hour this should take a maximum of 5 hours. If it takes 12 I hope you are charging by the hour for the two guys.

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