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Dealing with Bulk Mulch

By critterologist
February 24, 2012

When having bulk mulch delivered, set out a tarp and a bunch of bins and buckets. Tell the driver to do his best to fill the bins. Lifting a bin is much easier than shoveling to fill your wheelbarrow!

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valleylynn
Feb 23, 2012 6:03 PM CST
Boy do I love this tip. I will for sure use it next time I have compost or delivered. Thumbs up
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Feb 23, 2012 6:07 PM CST
Pretty smart!
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Feb 23, 2012 6:31 PM CST
Amen! What an excellent tip. Thumbs up
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Onewish1
Feb 23, 2012 6:37 PM CST
love it.. will make sure Randy does that when he unloads it Rolling on the floor laughing
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Feb 23, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Oh, I do like this idea! Thumbs up
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canadanna
Feb 23, 2012 7:23 PM CST
what a good idea!
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eclayne
Feb 23, 2012 8:04 PM CST

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Do you guys rent out. I'll give you his number and my address. I ask the mulch guy to do this he's going to look at me cross-eyed. Big Grin
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Feb 23, 2012 8:33 PM CST
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critterologist
Feb 23, 2012 9:25 PM CST
Just keep telling him how amazingly well he handles that truck, getting it to back up so exactly and dump its load on a dime... I stand at the back with a rake and try to help guide the sliding mulch down to the bins as I shout to him to go up, down, jiggle, whatever. It works!

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eclayne
Feb 23, 2012 9:27 PM CST

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Hilarious!
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Melvalena
Feb 23, 2012 10:17 PM CST
Wish I'd seen this tip last week. Had 9 yds delivered.
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valleylynn
Feb 23, 2012 10:35 PM CST
Jill, I just love the picture I get in my head thinking of using your method when the old logger comes to deliver. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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LindaTX8
Feb 24, 2012 12:04 AM CST
Well, I don't have things like that delivered...haven't for many years, but we have an old truck, so we can have it loaded and then take it home. I usually put one tarp in the bed of the pickup and of course put another tarp over the load. Then lucky me, I get to unload the truck when I get it home! Woohoo! Hurray!
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ge1836
Feb 24, 2012 6:02 AM CST
Its a great idea ,just depends on the type of delivery equipment. Ours comes on a trailer that lifts and no controle over aime.
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fiwit
Feb 24, 2012 7:53 AM CST
The only time I've ever had bulk mulch delivered, I was mulching over an area that used to be a brush pile. It was near the street, so I had the mulch guy dump the load right where I needed to spread it. When I buy mulch in large quantities (and it's been a few years since I did), I bought palletized bags of it. Then I put the bags on my hand-truck, wheeled them to their new location, and when I had all the bags there, I opened them and spread them. It worked for me.

Last year, someone took out some trees nearby, and the tree guy gave me a huge load of wood chips from that. And the utility companies were trimming branches away from lines last year, and I got two nice truckloads of wood chips with leaves mixed in from them. Most of that batch sat all winter, so I've got some nice leaf-mold to spread around this spring.
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critterologist
Feb 24, 2012 8:31 AM CST
Bags would be easier yet... I've compared prices before and concluded I didn't want to pay that much more for bagged, but I may not have found the right place for getting a break on quantity... good point on buying by the pallet!
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fiwit
Feb 24, 2012 9:08 AM CST
It was late fall, and they were on sale. The pallet was 130 bags I think, and ran me around 100 bucks, IIRC. Might have been less than that.
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critterologist
Feb 24, 2012 10:04 AM CST
Thanks for the additional info... for $100 I can get about 5 yards delivered, which would be 135 cubic feet, so if your sale bags were 2 cubic feet they'd have been cheaper... Of course, if you can get an occasional dump of mulch from the tree trimmers, that's free, and it's hard to beat free!
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Sheila_FW
Feb 24, 2012 11:56 AM CST
I have never ordered compost in bulk, but super idea for those that have the space.

Just had a thought....If several people went in on ordering it in bulk, and schelduled delivery at a plant swap; they could each bring a bin and split the cost!!

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