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By ProMatcher Staff



Mulch Delivery: Q & A

Use the information below to learn more about the price of mulch and the cost of mulch delivery and spreading.



Question: How much does mulch delivery dost?

Answer: There are many factors that will impact the cost of mulch delivery. The average cost of mulch delivery is about $26 per cubic yard. This price is for the material only. It does not include spreading. Also, keep in mind that there will be an additional cost for long-distance deliveries.

Q: How much does mulch spreading cost?

A: The average cost of mulch delivery and spreading is $80 per cubic yard. This includes a basic wood mulch, local delivery, spreading, and cleanup. The cost of laying a landscape fabric or underlayment is not typically included. Spreading mulch is an open area is typically cheaper than spreading mulch around trees and shrubs. You will pay an additional cost for other landscaping services like weeding, forming beds, or mowing.

Q: How is mulch spread?

A: Mulch can be spread by hand with wheelbarrows and rakes or it can be spread with a bark blower. A bark blower uses a truck-mounted machine and a hose to spread mulch.

Q: What are the different types of mulch?

A: There are many different types of mulch. The most affordable option is typically an economy wood blend. Shredded bark mulches and wood chip mulches are also pretty affordable. There are many natural hardwoods to choose from, including 1) cypress, 2) pine, and 3) cedar. These will come at a slightly higher cost. Dyed and colored mulches come in a variety of colors like red, blue, and gold, but they may increase the cost of your mulching project.

Q: What are the different types of inorganic mulch?

A: Inorganic mulches are not made of natural materials. Gravel, crushed rocks, and pebbles can be used as mulch. Playground mulch (or rubber mulch) is great for areas where kids are playing. It looks just like wood mulch, but it is made with recycled tires and other synthetic materials.

Q: Is it cheaper to buy mulch in bags or in bulk?

A: It often depends on the amount of mulch that you need. If you need a lot of mulch, it is often cheaper to order the mulch in bulk. Although bagged mulch is more expensive, it is convenient for small projects.

Q: What are the benefits of mulching?

A: There are many benefits to spreading mulch. Mulch inhibits the growth of weeds, protects the roots of your plants during the coldest months of the years, and helps the soil retain moisture. Mulch also helps to prevent soil erosion and it gives vital nutrients back to the soil.

Q: What is the best time of year to spread mulch?

A: Spring is typically the best time of year to spread mulch.

Q: Can certain types of mulch be harmful to my pets?

A: Most mulch is safe around pets. However, there are some varieties that can be toxic to pets, such as cocoa hull mulch.

Q: Which lasts longer, shredded bark mulch or chip bark mulch?

A: In most cases, chip bark mulch will last much longer than shredded bark mulch. Shredded mulch tends to break down faster and it will need to be replenished more frequently.



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