Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!! We love working with do-it-your-selfers! We sell to the general homeowners and landscape company’s.

No, currently at this time we have no way to separate items (I.e. top soil and mulch, and or mulch and stone) in our trucks.

Mulch is a broad term. It can be any covering spread on the ground and around plants that prevents excessive evaporation or erosion, enriches the soil, and inhibits weed growth. Bark is a type of mulch, referring to the actual tree bark the material may be made from.

A cubic yard is a unit of volume. Picture a box with sides that are all 1 yard (3 feet) in length.

Determine the total number of square footage that needs to be covered.
Square areas: Length (X) Width
Circular Areas: Radius (X) itself (X) 3.14
Determine what depth you want for coverage and refer to the table below.

Depth 1 Cubic Yard Covers
0.5” 648 Sq. Ft.
1” 324 Sq. Ft.
2” 162 Sq. Ft.
3” 108 Sq. Ft.
4” 81 Sq. Ft.
5” 64.8 Sq. Ft.
6” 54 Sq. Ft.
7” 46.3 Sq. Ft.
8” 40.5 Sq. Ft.
9” 36 Sq. Ft.
10” 32.4 Sq. Ft.
11” 29.5 Sq. Ft.
12” 27 Sq. Ft

1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet.

Most of the bagged bark in the area comes in 2 Cubic foot bags. There are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard therefore 13 ½ bags equal one cubic yard. Some of our material comes in 40lb bags, 1 cubic foot bags, or 1/2 cubic foot bags. Feel free to call our office if you have questions.

Wood mulch products weigh approximately 500-600lbs per cubic yard. Stone, sand, and topsoil products weigh approximately 2000-2700lbs per cubic yard. Moisture within a product can affect the weight of the material.

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Not usually. Mulch treated for insects is not very common. If insects or pests are present it is important to remove them before applying fresh mulch.

Yes, all the dyes in the color enhanced mulches have been tested and are environmentally safe. Although colored mulch loosing its color is very possible after heavy rainfall, meaning that the dye might run off a bit, But do not worry as the product is safe for animals and humans.

The color longevity on mulch varies depending on the material used. Natural mulches will hold their color for about 1 to 3 months before turning a silver grayish color. Colored or dyed mulches keep their color for about 1 to 2 years. Slight fading of the color may occur due to product washing caused by heavy rain or snowfall or fading due to sun exposure.

The dye on the colored enhanced mulch never full dries when it sits in the pile. If the mulch is spread before or during a rain storm the dye may wash off because it has not dried or “locked into” the material. If the dye has washed off it is usually just the top layer. Using a rake or pitch fork to stir up material may bring the color back.

Usually most wood mulches will last between 2 and 4 years before fully breaking down.

The typical truck volumes for a standard Pick-Up are as follows:
Small Trucks (Ford Rangers, Chevy S10): 1 ½ yards level
6 foot bed: 2 cubic yards level
8 foot bed: 2 ½ cubic yards level
* Products such as stone and topsoil may alter carrying capacities due to weight.

Typically full sized trucks are able to hold 1 cubic yard of a heavier product like soil or stone, while smaller vehicles typically hold 1/2 cubic yard.

* Objects such as tool boxes and tonneau covers may alter truck volume capacities.

Yes, you can bring in containers, bags, etc. We do ask that you bring in your own containers, bags, etc. Also don’t forget your shovel.

It depends on the material being used. Typically when using organic materials landscape such as wood chips or mulch fabric is not necessary. The mulch itself will act as a barrier that inhibits weed growth. Organic materials will decompose and eventually break down into dirt on top of the fabric. If other products are being used such as stone or rubber mulch fabric may be a worthwhile investment. These materials also act as a weed inhibiter, but because they do not decompose the fabric will act as a second barrier further preventing weed growth.

(Mulch – 20 – 25 yards) (Top Soil / Sand – 10 – 12 yards) (Stone products – 10 – 12 yards)

We also have semi trucks available for the larger loads.

At Best Bark & Stone LLC we offer full service snowplowing along with ice management. Please contact us if you would like us to plow for you. We offer residential and commercial work.


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    Jenison, MI 49428

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