Have some question on picking up bulk much? Looking to save a few bucks on delivery fees?
We’re here to help with the decision and to get you and your truck or trailer out the door safe! Below we are going to go over the basic process of picking up mulch at our facility and what to expect to send you on your way safely. If you decide that any time pick up is not for you please take a look at our delivery service.
We have seen too many loads out on the road not properly tarped, suspension sagging, and tires under inflated. To keep you safe, the first thing you want to consider is your transportation.
In short, you will need the following:
- pickup truck or vehicle with trailer that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
- All tires need to be inflated to the proper psi(more on this later)
- To view your inner door sill of the vehicle to see your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating GVWR (or similar)
- A tarp and string or strapping
1. Pickup Trucks and Trailers
Almost all pickup trucks will be able to carry bulk mulch and landscape supplies. Trucks with non-removable hard-tops, carpet bed interiors and $75,000 “show trucks” are not suitable choices and can not be filled here. We will be loading your preferred landscape supply into your truck with a standard skid steer and 1 or 2 cubic yard bucket. The mulch will fall from a few feet above your vehicle and drop into the bed. Mulch and Soil while not “dirty” will create dust so make sure your windows are closed. Mulch also tends to find its way inbetween crevices so a broom or compressed air might be needed after dumping the load on your driveway. Trailers need to be pulled by a suitable truck or SUV that is capable of pulling and stopping the load within it. Some larger trailers even have brakes on them that interface with your onboard truck “brake controller”. Small trailers do not typically need additional breaking. sides on a trailer are a must.
2. Proper tire pressure
Tire pressure can be read with a cheap gas station tire pressure gauge if you don’t already have one, They are typically $5. You should consult you inner door sill on your drivers side for recommended tire pressures. Front and Rear can be different. Tires also have a max load rating on them. This indicates what they are rated to hold per tire. Keep in mind this is not the only factor in weight carrying ability.
3. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR and GVCWR) and Suspension
GVWR typically is found on a label on the inside of your driver’s side door sill. It indicates(with proper fitted tires) a safe max weight you truck can handle(including the truck). If you know how much your truck currently weighs, we can weigh the mulch or soil for you to make sure your not over. In practice, there are other indicators that are good to determine if you are getting close to over weight. Looking for sagging suspension or properly inflated tires that look squished tires are tall tale signs. We have not seen a pickup truck that could not hold mulch within its box. Trailers are tricky. We have seen some homemade trailers not even have tags on them letting you know what they are rated to carry. Proper working and brake lighting should be checked prior to arrival. Soils and gravel are much dense and need extra special care not to go too heavy. When in doubt, be conservative on your load or have us deliver for you.
4.Tarps String and Strapping
We recommend everyone grab a tarp and some string before coming over to pick out mulch. Mulch is very light compared to topsoil and gravel. If your load is even slightly heaped you have a chance of wind grabbing it and tossing it onto the roadway. If were not super busy when you stop by, we can give you a hand securing the tarp. If you by chance forget to bring a tarp, we currently have tarps available at cost while supplies last. $3 for a small or $8 for a large.