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Cost of Mulch Delivery and Spread

The cost of mulching will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your landscaping service.

This key will serve as your guide:
$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$= Additional cost

What type of area do I need to mulch?

$ - When mulching an easily accessible, large open area.

$$ - When mulch needs to be spread around trees, flower beds, and other more challenging areas.

What kind of mulch do I need?

$ - When using an economy, wood mulch blend.

$$ - When using a natural hardwood (cedar, cypress, or pine).

$$ - When using a shredded bark or bark chip.

$$ - When using a colored or dyed mulch (gold, red, black, etc.).

$$ - When using an inorganic mulch like gravel, rocks, or rubber.

Will I be ordering mulch in bags or in bulk?

$ - When ordering mulch in bulk by the cubic yard from a garden center or landscape.

$$ - When ordering mulch by the bag.

How far will the mulch need to be delivered?

$0 – There is typically free delivery when ordering 4+ cubic yards.

$ - When delivered within a 10 mile radius.

$$ - When delivered outside of a 10 mile radius.

Will the mulch need to be spread??

$0 - When mulch is only delivered and unloaded.

$$ - When the mulch is spread by hand.

$$ - When the mulch is spread with a bark blower.

Do I want to install a landscape fabric or layer of black plastic mulch?

$$ - When a landscape fabric or black plastic is installed under a layer of organic mulch.

Do I want the landscapers to remove weeds or edge the lawn?

$0 - When you personally prepare your garden and lawn for mulching.

$$ - When the landscapers edge the lawn and prepare the area for mulching by pulling weeds and removing debris.

How deep do I want the mulch to be spread?

$ - When a 2-inch layer of mulch is spread.

$$ - When a 4+ inch layer of mulch is spread.

Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the mulching to take?

2. What type of mulch do you recommend?

3. Is the cost of delivery included in the cost estimate?

4. Do you typically charge a flat fee for mulching or do you charge an hourly rate based on the scope of work?

5. How long will the mulch last?

6. Is the removal of weeds included in the quote?

7. Will any pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals be used before mulching?

8. Does a layer of landscape fabric need to be put under the mulch?

9. When is the best time of year to spread mulch?

10. Can certain types of mulch be dangerous to my pets?

11. Does the quote included cleanup?

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ProMatcher Staff, ProMatcher
Orlando, FL 32803

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