How Much Does Mulch Cost For A Commercial Property?

Posted by
Kim Riebel on Jan 15, 2015 6:30:00 AM

How much does mulch cost?Mulch serves a dual purpose on commercial properties:

  • as a protective layer that keeps weeds at bay, and seals in moisture and nutrients so plants can stay healthy
  • as an aesthetic enhancement because mulch’s color creates clean, crisp looking beds in a landscape
The truth is, appearance is the real motivator for mulching and why commercial property owners choose to invest in this groundcover on an annual basis. That’s ultimately why our clients demand the service. Then, when we explain the plant health benefits, they understand the horticultural reasoning for mulch.

So, we know mulch is beneficial and makes a commercial property look polished, but the question is, how much does mulch cost? Let’s pin down some numbers.

Because mulching is an annual landscape maintenance requirement that is generally performed in spring (during the first 60 to 90 days of the season) and often again in the fall, it’s important to budget for this expense and understand the true cost of mulch. This article will explain what factors impact mulch cost and how much you should expect to pay.

How Much Does Mulch Cost? Here Are A Few Factors.

Property size and site accessibility both affect the cost of mulch for your commercial property. The larger the property, the more labor hours required to spread mulch. And, any time a landscaping crew has to wheelbarrow or haul mulch by foot to the location, the cost increases. Mulch costs increase when the material must be hauled around large walls or through tight fenced-in areas, or to areas behind buildings that lack a truck access.

For a complicated mulching job, you can expect to pay closer to the upper end of the per-square-yard cost. Properties where a landscaping truck can pull up to the site and the crew can easily unload and haul mulch to beds will pay on the lower end of the cost spectrum.

How Much Does Mulch Cost Per Yard?

Mulch cost depends on the type of mulch you choose.If you're wondering about mulch cost, the real question is, "How much does mulch cost per yard?" And that all depends on the type of mulch you choose. At Sebert, we offer two types of mulch: premium and local.

Premium Blend Mulch, a color-enhanced mulch derived from hardwood park, costs $58 to $68 per square yard. This includes one hour of labor per yard.

Sebert Blend Mulch, a local, double-ground organic material, costs between $53 to $58 per square yard.

Using Premium Mulch Vs. Local Mulch

Because there is not a significant difference between the price for premium and local mulch (both require transportation and labor), we generally advise our clients to opt for the premium blend because of its long-lasting color and durability.

If you plan to mulch beds one time per season, choose the highest quality mulch that will fit into your budget.

At Sebert, we get to know the commercial properties we service and spend time with owners discussing necessary landscape maintenance tasks and enhancements.

Mulch — and mulch cost — is always a topic of discussion, and we like to plan ahead for this annual expense so we can schedule clients for the service early on in the season. That way, they can reap the benefits of mulch from spring until the snow starts flying again.

Now is the time to consult with a full-service landscape professional like Sebert about how preserve your plants and keep your property beautiful. Let’s talk more about mulch cost for your commercial property. Call us any time at (630) 497-1000, or fill out our simple web contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Topics: Landscape Maintenance

Written by Kim Riebel

Kim Riebel

Kim Riebel, Director of Marketing and Sales for Sebert Landscaping, oversees all new business development activities for the company’s lawn maintenance and snow removal services. Having joined Sebert in 2004, Kim helped create a new five-person business development team for the company.