How Many Bags of Mulch on a Pallet? What one person may consider worthless might be valuable to another. Mulch is one such product.
When most people may not see value in grass clippings, old newspapers, woodchips, cardboard, or animal manure, gardeners and landscaping professionals know how important these are.
So, what is mulch? It refers to a layer of material spread on the soil surface. Mulching is essential when spring approaches for various reasons.
First, mulching serves to conserve soil moisture. That is, it acts as a soil conditioner.
Other functions include making the soil fertile, improving soil drainage, and reducing erosion.
In construction, mulching can also be used to minimize the costs of construction materials.
Whether you are trying out mulching for the first time or are a habitual user, you need to know basic things about mulching.
For instance, how much mulch would you need to cover your flower bed completely? Or, how many bags of mulch does a pallet have?
‘Bag’ is the term used to denote the unit of measurement for bulk mulch in the landscaping industry.
Below is everything you need to know about mulch.
How Much Does a Pallet of Mulch Weigh?
If you want to buy mulch, you can find it at any place that sells flowers or plants or a landscape supplier.
Usually, once you have purchased mulch, bags of the mulch will be delivered to you on a pallet.
As already pointed out, a ‘bag’ is the unit of measuring bulk mulch.
It follows that you have to identify the exact number of bags on a pallet to calculate the weight of the latter.
There are some factors considered in determining the number of bags of mulch on a pallet.
Such factors include the bag size used to package the mulch. In most cases, one cubic foot or 2 cubic feet bag sizes are used.
Besides, the retailers also have a massive role in the number of bags of mulch that a pallet contains. One last factor is the type of material used for the mulch.
Here is a breakdown of the number of bags of mulch that a pallet may contain when the size of the bag used is the consideration.
- 1.5 cubic feet bags: a pallet contains about 70 to 80 bags
- Two cubic feet bags: a pallet contains about 65 to 70 bags
- 2.8 cubic feet bags: a pallet contains about 50 to 60 bags
- Three cubic feet bags: a pallet contains about 40 to 50 bags
It’s important to note that a bag of mulch weighs between 20 pounds (9.07 kgs) to 50 pounds (22.67kg). Thus, a pallet may weigh between 800 pounds and 4000 pounds.
Just as the number of bags may depend on the type of mulch material, so does the weight of the pallet.
The following illustrates the number of bags a pallet will contain when the type of mulch material is the consideration.
- Bark Mulch: a pallet will contain 65-70 2 cubic feet bags
- Straw Mulch: a pallet will hold 65-70 2 cubic feet bags
- Rubber Mulch: a pallet will have 50 2 cubic feet bags
Dry bark mulch, straw mulch, and rubber mulch weigh 20 pounds, 30 pounds, and 90 pounds.
Thus, the weight of a pallet will vary between 1 300- 1 400 pounds (for bark mulch), 1 950 – 2 100 pounds (for straw mulch), and will be 4 600 pounds (for rubber mulch).
The weight of a pallet will also depend on whether the mulch contained is dry or wet. Usually, wet mulch tends to weigh more than dry mulch.
Manufacturers usually stack bags of mulch in vertical rows before wrapping the pallet using plastic.
The manufacturers can use different approaches when stacking the bags, which accounts for the range of bags listed above.
How Many 2cf Bags of Mulch are In a Yard?
Perhaps, you plan to cover your flowers, plants, or trees with mulch to ensure that the soil moisture is locked in the ground.
The big question is, how many bags are you going to buy to sufficiently cover the ground?
Remember, you will need to use sufficient mulch to lock the moisture effectively. If you use too little mulch, it may not produce the results you want.
n this part, I have set out a formula that you can use to calculate the number of bags of mulch in a yard.
The first step is to identify the number of yards that you need to be wholly covered with mulch.
You can then multiply that figure by 27 to obtain the cubic feet.
Step 1: 1 yard = 27 cubic feet. (Multiply the yards x 27).
The second step is to divide the figure you obtained by two cubic feet.
Step 2: 1 bag = 2 cubic feet
? = 27 cubic feet
(27 cubic feet/2 cubic feet) = 13.5 bags.
In a nutshell, there are 13.5 2cf bags in a yard.
If you want to cover 1 yard in mulch, you need 13.5 bags of mulch. (2 cubic feet). If the area is larger, you will need more.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Does Mulch Go Bad?
Yes, mulch can go bad. As time passes, mulch usually decomposes.
That is advantageous since it enriches the soil and improves its capacity to hold and retain nutrients.
However, a time comes when the decomposed mulch needs to be replaced with new organic mulch.
Instead of piling layers upon layers, you are advised to get rid of the bottom layer after it has fully decomposed before you can add another.
Likewise, bagged mulch runs the risk of going bad, contrary to the common belief that it does not. It refers to mulch that is sold in bags.
The pros are that it is easy to move and can be stored for quite lengthy periods. Its lifespan is longer than that of conventional mulch.
However, you do not know that bagged mulch can quickly go bad, especially if it is not stored correctly.
To improve the lifespan and prevent it from going bad, you must ensure that the mulch remains dry.
Also, you should make sure that the bagged mulch is well ventilated.
Florists, gardeners, horticulturalists, and landscapers all fancy mulching.
It improves the outlook of their gardens and is also vital in ensuring that the soil moisture does not escape.
Mulching, mainly organic mulching, also goes a long way in ensuring that the soil has an enhanced ability to retain nutrients.
Unfortunately, you may have a hard time figuring out the amount of mulch you need to buy to serve the purpose.
It will be an even more daunting task if it’s your first time.
Having appreciated the difficulties involved in the process, this article sought to provide the answers you so desperately need.
In a wrap, a pallet may contain either: 70 to 80 1.5 cubic feet bags, 65 to 70 2 cubic feet bags, 50 to 60 2.8 cubic feet bags, or 40 to 50 3 cubic feet bags.
The weight of a pallet ranges between800 pounds at the minimum and 4600 pounds at the maximum.
Finally, a yard will need about 13.5 2 cubic feet of bags to be wholly covered by mulch. Use the calculation stated above to know exactly what you need!