signals the return of spring like a smelly pile of mulch.
from its questionable stench, mulch plays an essential role in
landscaping, from boosting curb appeal to retaining moisture
and suffocating weeds.
before you hire a landscaper or get out the wheelbarrow, you’ll
first need to decide how much mulch you need.
and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most
common size of bagged mulch is 2 cubic feet. Bulk mulch sells
by the cubic yard. One cubic yard of mulch is equal to 13.5
bags of mulch.
buying in bulk, you can have it delivered to your home, or
pick it up if you have access to a truck or trailer. Expect to
pay an additional $45 to $55 for mulch delivery.
mulch dealers sell their own mix of "economy mulch,"
which is typically a low-end variety that costs $19 to $25 per
yard, or $2 to $4 per bag. This is your best bet if you need a
large quantity and aren’t too particular about the
and dyed mulches typically cost $30 to $36 per yard, or $3 to
$6 per bag. To give your landscaping an extra pop of color,
consider buying black, red or gold mulch.
mulches, such as those made from cedar or cypress trees, can
cost $40 to $47 per yard, or $4 to $7 per bag. These mulches
tend to last longer and are less likely to blow away in high
Clemson University Cooperative Extension says one cubic yard
of mulch will cover 324 square feet of ground at a depth of 1
inch. To determine how many cubic yards you need: Take the
square footage of your garden bed and multiply it by the
desired mulch depth and divide it by 324.
following breakdown shows the price comparison for buying two
yards of economy mulch at $22 per yard, or $2.50 per bag.
bag: 27 bags x $2.50 = $67.50
cubic yards x $22 = $44
delivery: 2 x $22 + $50 = $94
2 to 3 inches of mulch to new beds, or 1 inch to existing
Schedule your delivery on a weekday. Mulch companies say
weekend delivery slots fill up fast.
Confirm consistency. Deals that sound too good to be true
could signal the mulch company is trying to sell you an
a tarp. Place a tarp on the ground to alert the delivery
driver where to unload your mulch. It also keeps the mulch dry
and makes for easier cleanup.