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Old 05-25-2023, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default How many yards of mulch will fit into a 14' Trailer?

I need to pick up some mulch for our flower beds, normally had my lawn guy do this in the past, but this year my wife has decided SHE wants to do it...

So, I need around 10 yards based on his quote from previous years, this will also test to see how much he's been charging me vs how much he actually used...

The trailer is a standard single axle utility trailer with back ramp/gate that I use to haul my golf cart to the lease, etc.

Can I get it all in one trip? Only need to drive less than 7 miles home on a FM road.
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:10 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:16 PM   #3
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Bags or bulk?
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:22 PM   #4
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I donít think 10yds will come close to fitting on that trailer. I think you wonít get more than 3-4yds.

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Old 05-25-2023, 05:26 PM   #5
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I need to pick up some mulch for our flower beds, normally had my lawn guy do this in the past, but this year my wife has decided SHE wants to do it...

So, I need around 10 yards based on his quote from previous years, this will also test to see how much he's been charging me vs how much he actually used...

The trailer is a standard single axle utility trailer with back ramp/gate that I use to haul my golf cart to the lease, etc.

Can I get it all in one trip? Only need to drive less than 7 miles home on a FM road.
I think a dump truck is 10 or 12 yards. That’s quite a bit for a trailer that size. I used to get 2 yards on my 10’ tandem axel and it was dang near full.
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:27 PM   #6
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Depends on how high you stack it. Figure width, length, and depth and divide by 27 to get cubic yards.

When it runs out on the ground and your tires are flat you know you have too much.
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:29 PM   #7
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Is your lawn man charging you for ten yards of mulch per year? That seems like a whole lot of mulch? Or perhaps you have very big flower beds.
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:29 PM   #8
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:39 PM   #9
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Ten yards is probably about 2-3 trailer loads worth.

A average pickup bed filled to the top rails is anywhere from 1.5 yards to maybe 2 yards max.

That’s a lot of weight though.
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:41 PM   #10
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I’m thinking you can only haul 3 maybe 4 max


Better off putting one in the truck bed and 3 on the trailer
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Old 05-25-2023, 05:51 PM   #11
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For reference. I usually get 3 in my 5x10 trailer.


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Old 05-25-2023, 05:53 PM   #12
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Ten yards is probably about 2-3 trailer loads worth.

A average pickup bed filled to the top rails is anywhere from 1.5 yards to maybe 2 yards max.

Thatís a lot of weight though.
Yep, my 1/2 ton will fit around 1.5 yards of mulch
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:04 PM   #13
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Think we get around 7-8 yards in out 16 ft dump trailer
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:14 PM   #14
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3 on a 14ft, or 4 if you pile it up and tarp it.
4 on a 16ft if you don't pile it up,
4 on a 18ft, and 5 on a 20 and so on.
If the mulch is wet, it's gonna be heavy heavy and 3 yrds will probably be all you want.
The yard I use has 2 yrd bucket, but each scoop is piled up so you're actually getting close to 2.5 yrds.
2 scoops and my 18ft will be over the rails.
I've been to yards that don't even fill the bucket, and they use little Kubota tractors.
You'll get more for your money going to the bigger places, with the bigger loaders.
Might not get all the special blends some offer, but for bulk they are hard to beat.
You might also look at renting a dump trailer for the day.
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:27 PM   #15
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You might also look at getting it delivered. I had to get 4 yards to fill the play area in the back yard and went back and forth 3-4 times with just the truck bed. I think I remember the guy quoting someone in front of me at the yard $80 flat rate delivery for something anything between 2-12 yards. Not bad considering it will save you time and multiple drives.
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:33 PM   #16
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Not enough info to give an informative answer. OP not answering questions either.
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Old 05-25-2023, 06:44 PM   #17
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I'm gonna guess 3, especially if the trailer doesn't have any sides to it.
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Old 05-25-2023, 07:43 PM   #18
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Not enough info to give an informative answer. OP not answering questions either.
What information is missing?
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Old 05-25-2023, 07:43 PM   #19
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Thanks for the replies, I’ll get three and see how far that goes.
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:06 PM   #20
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See if they’ll give you a weight per yard then only haul what your trailer is rated for weight wise.
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:13 PM   #21
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https://soilcalculator.com/

Maybe try this....
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:14 PM   #22
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What information is missing?
Bags or bulk, do you have sides on your trailer snd if you do how high? Axle weight?
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:29 PM   #23
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Heaped up maybe a bit over 6 cy but a light duty single axle trailer wonít handle that weight.
I would go with 2.5 to 3 cy which should be max legal weight.
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:37 PM   #24
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Default How many yards of mulch will fit into a 14' Trailer?

Mulch is not as heavy as dirt, buts still gonna be over 1000lbs a yard because itís normally wet. Put a couple yards in the pickup and 3 on the trailerÖand tell your wife she gets to clean out your pickup bed after!
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:46 PM   #25
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I get 4 yards on my 16’ trailer. It’s a nice load
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:50 PM   #26
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Mulch is not as heavy as dirt, buts still gonna be over 1000lbs a yard because itís normally wet. Put a couple yards in the pickup and 3 on the trailerÖand tell your wife she gets to clean out your pickup bed after!
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She might surprise you and back the truck up tailgate down facing the sun and blow it out after it dries.
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:54 PM   #27
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Mulch is not as heavy as dirt, buts still gonna be over 1000lbs a yard because itís normally wet. Put a couple yards in the pickup and 3 on the trailerÖand tell your wife she gets to clean out your pickup bed after!
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I weigh a 15 yard + or- load of much for grins a while back and it weighed a tad under 12,000 lbs.
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Old 05-25-2023, 08:56 PM   #28
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I fit 8 yards into mine it's 14ft long and I believe has 2ft sides on it. I've fit 10 but it's mounded up pretty good. My trailer is a tandem 14ft dump with 7k axles also

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Just read the OP completely. Start with 3 or 4 yards if you want to pick it up. If I were you I'd pay the 75-125$ delivery fee

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Old 05-25-2023, 09:52 PM   #29
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Bags or bulk, do you have sides on your trailer snd if you do how high? Axle weight?
How many bags are in a yard?
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Old 05-25-2023, 11:08 PM   #30
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13.5 bags per yard
Square feet x depth in inches ų 320 = how many yards you need

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Got Any pics Of your flower beds?

I think your yard guy has been rounding up.


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Old 05-26-2023, 04:39 AM   #32
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Iíd start with 3 yards and see how she feels after spreading it. Spreading mulch is easy, itís the shoveling into a wheelbarrow and moving it a hundred yards each time that gets old.

I like bagged mulch because itís easier to move and thereís no shoveling involved, but itís not as cheap as bulk, loose mulchÖÖ..and I typically only need 5-6 yards for my house.
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Old 05-26-2023, 07:03 AM   #33
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Iíd start with 3 yards and see how she feels after spreading it. Spreading mulch is easy, itís the shoveling into a wheelbarrow and moving it a hundred yards each time that gets old.

I like bagged mulch because itís easier to move and thereís no shoveling involved, but itís not as cheap as bulk, loose mulchÖÖ..and I typically only need 5-6 yards for my house.
I'll be there to oversee the spreading, make sure she's staying hydrated...

We'll see how it goes.
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Old 05-26-2023, 07:25 AM   #34
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I'll be there to oversee the spreading, make sure she's staying hydrated...

We'll see how it goes.
FYI, a pallet of bagged mulch is a little over 4 cubic yards (60 bags). Living Earth will load it onto your trailer if the gate comes off and you can fit 2 pallets on your trailer, easy.
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Old 05-26-2023, 07:51 AM   #35
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Bags are so much easier to handle and move around the yard. FYI mulch has an average weight of about 2200 lbs per yard (more or less depending on how dry/wet it is).
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FYI, a pallet of bagged mulch is a little over 4 cubic yards (60 bags). Living Earth will load it onto your trailer if the gate comes off and you can fit 2 pallets on your trailer, easy.

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Old 05-26-2023, 09:52 AM   #37
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If your trailer is 14 ft x 6ft x 2ft tall you will have 6.2 yards of usable space.
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Old 05-26-2023, 10:36 AM   #38
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FYI, a pallet of bagged mulch is a little over 4 cubic yards (60 bags). Living Earth will load it onto your trailer if the gate comes off and you can fit 2 pallets on your trailer, easy.
This is what I was coming to say as well. We buy from them too. Its easier to load and unload bags rather than shovel into Wheel Barrow and haul and dump. Use a wagon load the bags, drop them every couple feet, use shovels or rakes to open bags on ground and spread. you will be done in an hour.
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Old 05-26-2023, 10:47 AM   #39
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You might also look at getting it delivered. I had to get 4 yards to fill the play area in the back yard and went back and forth 3-4 times with just the truck bed. I think I remember the guy quoting someone in front of me at the yard $80 flat rate delivery for something anything between 2-12 yards. Not bad considering it will save you time and multiple drives.
This is the correct answer. Get 3 yards dumped in your driveway and have fun shoveling and moving a wheelbarrow around.

If you go pick it up you are still going to have to shovel and wheelbarrow it around, plus you will have to clean out your trailer.

I'd also suggest finding a couple of HS kids and paying them $15/hr to run the shovels. It will be money well spent.
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Old 05-26-2023, 11:17 AM   #40
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I’m thinking I can do 10 yards in one load. Tomorrow is the day.
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I'll be there to oversee the spreading, make sure she's staying hydrated...

We'll see how it goes.
I bet that works out well. Lol
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Iím thinking I can do 10 yards in one load. Tomorrow is the day.
I'm potentially sensing another "I need help" thread....

Good Luck OP!!!
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10 yards is definitely A LOT.
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Make sure to post pics of your trailer, if you can find it, under those 10 yds of mulch!!


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Old 05-26-2023, 12:57 PM   #45
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Iím thinking I can do 10 yards in one load. Tomorrow is the day.
I wish you well John but thereís a very good chance that they want load you heavier than you can safely haul for liability purposes.
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Old 05-26-2023, 01:15 PM   #46
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Old 05-26-2023, 01:16 PM   #47
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Old 05-26-2023, 01:16 PM   #48
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10 yards would be about 130 of the 2cubic feet bags. For reference I put 80bags on my 16ft tandem and that was a load. I can't imagine 130bags worth on a single axle.
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Old 05-26-2023, 01:29 PM   #49
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3 yards for sure
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This is 3 yds in a 5x14 trailer with 2ft sides. I could have gotten 4 yds max.


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