Mulch can be bought in bags or by the yard. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of mulch, and by matching them to your specific situation, you are able to determine what method works best. This article will look at the advantages and disadvantages of buying mulch by the yard and by the bag.
Bagged mulch can be transported in any vehicle. Because the bags contain mulch in manageable amounts, they can be purchased in multiple trips if necessary. Mulch sold by the yard must be purchased in increments of the yard or half yard and usually requires having a truck to load the mulch in and move it with. Some mulch sellers offer delivery also but that incurs an additional delivery charge.
Mulch in bags usually costs more than loose mulch. Approximately 10-15 bags make a yard. A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet; if the bag gives the amount of cubic feet then you can calculate how many bags make a yard. For bags two cubic feet each, thirteen and a half bags will make a yard. If the bags are two and a half cubic feet, you will need eleven. For bags that are three cubic feet, exactly nine bags make a yard. A loose yard of mulch can cost anywhere from $30 to $50, while each bag can cost from $4-$10 depending on the type of mulch. Generally, mulch is cheaper when bought by the yard.
Unless the bag is punctured or sitting outside for a while, the mulch in bags is usually of good quality. However, if water gets inside, the mulch can harbor diseases and anaerobic decomposition and be very bad. It’s really all or nothing. Mulch in piles can have weed seeds, debris, and sometimes can be waterlogged or contaminated with mulch or soil if the bin is empty when you buy the mulch. In either case, you usually can assess the quality of the mulch when you go to buy it.
It is convenient to unload bagged mulch and carry the bags to where they are needed. Mulch bought in bulk has to be dumped in a pile and loaded into a wheelbarrow to be transported to where it is needed. Unless you have a pitchfork, the mulch can be hard to shovel. The pile often can be in the way until spread, and the truck and area the pile is will both need to be cleaned up.
These are the advantages and disadvantages of bagged and loose mulch; loose mulch is cheaper and can be bought in bulk but is more messy and harder to transport. Bagged mulch costs more but can be bought in any quantity and can be transported much easier. These are the advantages and disadvantages of both bagged mulch and loose mulch, and being aware of these allows you to choose the method that best matches your situation.