Cost to Install Mulch

Cost to Install Mulch

Mulch is organic material spread over soil tht is used to protect and cover it. A landscape service charges $425 to install 300 square feet of bark mulch, and a do-it-yourselfer can do the job for $85 and save 80 percent. Use the calculator to estimate how much you need and read the step-by-step instructions. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the home improvement and repair cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
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Money Pro $425 Diy $85
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 Cost to Install Mulch

Cost to Install Mulch

Mulch is organic material spread over soil tht is used to protect and cover it. A landscape service charges $425 to install 300 square feet of bark mulch, and a do-it-yourselfer can do the job for $85 and save 80 percent. Use the calculator to estimate how much you need and read the step-by-step instructions. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the home improvement and repair cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 6.1 Diy 6.0
Money Pro $425 Diy $85
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
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A spread of mulch always looks good in a garden bed because it creates a uniform background for the soil, which lets the flowering plants stand out. And below the surface a layer of mulch reduces evaporation, slows the growth of weeds and protects the roots of plants in temperature extremes like no other material can. When mulch is an organic material like wood chips or bark, it improves the quality of soil as it decomposes. If mulch has a downside, we don’t know what it is, and there’s no job easier than adding it to garden beds.

Before buying mulching material, call your local town office to see if they have a free mulch program. Sometimes the grounds and maintenance department of a town or county creates mulch from trees that have been cut down and they make it available to the public.

Here's how much it costs. To lay a 4-inch-deep spread of bark mulch in a 300-square-foot area, a landscape or garden service will charge $425, which includes the material and labor. You can buy the mulch for $85 and do it yourself, and pocket a 80 percent saving. You’ll find organic mulch sold shredded or as chunks or nuggets, depending where you live. You’ll need a wheelbarrow, hand weeder, shovel and rake to do the job.

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If you’re buying several bags of the material and your vehicle isn’t large enough to transport the material, have it delivered. It's heavy so get help moving it to where it's needed. Before spreading mulch on a garden bed, weed the soil, make sure that it’s level and give it a good soaking of water. Rather do anything than work in your yard? Go to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.

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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install mulch lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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