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Time to spread a yard of mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bradp615, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. bradp615

    bradp615 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Im going to do my first mulch spreading job and the homeowner just wants the 25 yards of mulch spread. How long would it take you guys to spread a yard of mulch with a 4 man crew including yourself??
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    This is worded very confusingly but I can do about 2 yards an hour myself. Less if you have to spead it around small plants and stuff like that.

    Are you sure he wants 25 yards cause that is a huge truckload.

    So I guess to answer your question a 4 man crew can spead a yard of mulch in about 10 minutes.
  3. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    1.5 yrds per guy per hour. most guys can do about 2 but ur always better to have more time then u need. It would probably take 5 hrs to spead the mulch but thats with out putting in the new edges and trimming shrubs and whatnot
  4. W.L.M.

    W.L.M. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    He is saying the customer has had or will have the 25 yards delivered and his guys just have to spread it. I myself do this at a large property I take care of by myself and I can accomplish about 8 yards in a day. So I would I imagine that 4 guys could do the 25 in about 7-8 hours tops now it may take way more time if it is hilly or you have a long wheel from the pile.
  5. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    thats alot of mulch i can do about 2 yards an hour by myself
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I concur with 2 per hour rake spread, sift or hand spread 45 minutes each.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    4 guys should be able to knock out 25 yards in a day no problem, unless you've got some workers who like to lean on a shovel.

    I did 15 yards by myself in 8 hours, 3 truck loads with 40 minute drive time for each load.

    I don't like having my mulch delivered, it takes way too much time to scoop it off the ground. I can go much quicker shoveling it off the back of my dump truck.
  8. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Its easyer to shovel off the ground then on a 16ft landscape trailer with plywood sides. I would know we did that for far to long.
  9. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    We did 54 yards the other day with 4 guys, busting a**, about 9:00 to 6:00 with lunch and 4 trips close by to load my truck and trailer. That's working out of a Br-mar and a f550. It was pretty easy spreading....

    Did 16 yards yesterday with one other guy after edging and clean-up, took about 4.5 hrs. And that job was a long haul to some places on the property! But it still works out to about 1.5 yds/hr per man with spreading. 3 or 4 guys is the key. 1 filling, 1 or two wheelbarrowing and 1 spreading.
  10. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    That's probably a good estimate. . .I did 32 yards in two days with three guys on a big job last year. . . lotta little grasses to go around, though.

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