How Many Wheelbarrows In A Yard Of Mulch?

Knowing the volume of your wheelbarrow or garden cart can help you figure out how many trips you need to make when hauling a full load. 

Wheelbarrows come in a variety of volumes to accommodate different load sizes and applications. 

They range anywhere from 2 cubic feet, which are shallow to 6 cubic feet, which are much deeper. A standard garden wheelbarrow with a deep basin can hold up to 3 cubic feet, and the shallower ones hold up to 2 cubic feet.

Whether you’re laying mulch, topsoil, or even gravel, being able to calculate how many wheelbarrows you’ll need to complete the job is a very useful skill

. By being able to calculate these figures, you’ll save yourself time, money, and a lot of hassle too. So, how many wheelbarrows are there in a yard of mulch?

Cubic Yard

For anyone who is unfamiliar with what a yard is, it’s an area of measurement. One yard is equal to 3 feet. Now, one cubic yard is 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet.

For a better reference, picture a wood box that’s 3 feet high, 3 feet wide, and 3 feet long. That would be the size of one cubic yard. (It is equivalent to 27 cubic feet.)

Measuring a cubic yard is much different than measuring weight. For instance, 1 cubic yard of mulch weighs around 800 to 1000 pounds, and 1 cubic yard of soil weighs around 1500 – 2500 pounds depending on soil density and type, whereas gravel is closer to 3,000 pounds.

On the other hand, 1 cubic yard of anything, including both mulch and gravel, will have the same length, height, and width no matter what.

How Many Wheelbarrows In A Yard Of Mulch?

One cubic yard of mulch is equivalent to 27 cubic feet; this means you would have to make nine trips using a standard wheelbarrow of 3cubic feet.

 A deeper wheelbarrow would mean fewer trips, but also a heavier load. If you are starting a new project from scratch, you might want to calculate how much the mulch weigh or the amount of material you are hauling. 

When ordering mulch, compost, or topsoil, your landscape merchant will deliver the product to you in a bulk bag that measures a cubic yard, or as a bulk truckload measured in yards.

So, Yard has become the common measurement required for calculating the number of bulk bags of a landscaping product that you need.

Once the product is delivered you need to get it to the site where you need to use it, usually by loading wheelbarrows and walking it into position for unloading.

So, for each yard, it is useful to know the load capacity or how many wheelbarrow loads you will need to handle.

We can do this by calculating how many wheelbarrow loads are in a cubic yard.

How Many Wheelbarrows In A Yard

The number of wheelbarrow loads will be dependent on the carrying capacity and size of your wheelbarrow.

 The quick reference conversion table below will help you find the number of wheelbarrows in a yard of mulch, topsoil, or dirt based on your wheelbarrow capacity.

number of wheelbarrow loads will be dependent on the carrying capacity and size of your wheelbarrow
  • 2 cubic foot wheelbarrow will need to transport 13.5 loads to empty a Yard of mulch or soil
  • 4 cubic foot wheelbarrow will need to transport 6.8 loads to empty a Yard of mulch or soil
  • 6 cubic foot wheelbarrow will need to transport 4.5 loads to empty a Yard of mulch or soil.

Wheelbarrow Sizes

Standard Wheelbarrows

Shallow Tray

Shallow Tray models are the typical wheelbarrow types used for gardening, are generally 2 cubic feet and are perfect for general light to medium use in a domestic or landscaping context.

Deep Tray

Deep Tray wheelbarrows will be the same configuration as a shallow tray, other than the height of the tray will be designed to hold 3-6 cubic feet of mulch or other aggregate material.

Contractor Wheelbarrows

The larger the wheelbarrow the heavier they are when loaded, so their popularity reduces the larger they become.

Most wheelbarrows ranging in the 6-10 cubic foot capacity are preferred by building contractors and or heavy-duty landscaping work. This is also called a construction wheelbarrow.

Types of Wheelbarrows

Stainless Steel Wheelbarrow

Most wheelbarrows are made of durable metals, with the most common choice being steel.

If stainless steel is a material for a wheelbarrow, you will not have problems with the rust. However, if you use other metals like iron, then you may need to repaint it frequently and avoid exposing it to moisture and water to prevent rusting.

Plastic Wheelbarrows

Plastic wheelbarrows are the second most common type among users. Plastic wheelbarrows are expected to cost much cheaper than their steel and metal counterparts. This, therefore, suffices that it is ideal for people on a low budget.

However, no matter how durable and sturdy the plastic is, there is a very high possibility of cracking if loaded with bulky items,like concrete, bulk topsoil and heavier loads of yard waste, which may eventually lead to complete destruction of the wheelbarrow.

There is also another concern of plastic wheelbarrows losing their strength and quality when left in the sun for too long, or cracking when exposed to shallow temperatures.

Wooden Wheelbarrows

As much as they are not prone to cracking like plastic wheelbarrows or rusting like their metallic counterparts, they are very prone to moisture damage.

When exposed to water or moisture for long, they become more massive, may rot, splinter and mold easily. For this reason, it is always advisable to store them in a covered storage area whenever they are not in use.

Canvas Wheelbarrows

This makes it incredibly useful at home, especially for carrying large stable loads. It is also great for people with limited storage facilities.

However, due to its flexible nature, you may not be able to carry specific loads or heavy material such as sand, as it will pour out of it. It is also not feasible to take heavy loads on a canvas wheelbarrow.

Canvas wheelbarrows are not made entirely of canvas; they usually have a metallic frame that may at times extend to the full tub for more stability.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Cubic Yards Can A Dump Truck Carry?

A typical dump truck can carry 4.5 tons to 6.5 tons of material in a single route. 
In terms of space, you can expect a dump truck to carry between 10 to 14 cubic yards. This means that a single dump truck visit will be enough to give you enough soil for 1000 to 1400 square feet. 
When you break it down in terms of wheelbarrow loads, this will translate into 168 to 108 loads.

How many cubic meters is a standard wheelbarrow?

Its depends on size of wheelbarrow, standard size full a wheelbarrow has volume around 0.10 cubic metre, as 1 cubic metre equal as 1000 litres, in this regard how many wheelbarrows full make 1 cubic meter, therefore on average, there are 10 wheelbarrows full make 1 cubic metre.

Conclusion

A standard garden wheelbarrow with a deep basin can hold up to 3 cubic feet, and the shallower ones hold up to 2 cubic feet.

One cubic yard of mulch is equivalent to 27 cubic feet; this means you would have to make nine trips using a standard wheelbarrow of 3cubic feet.

Knowing the volume of your wheelbarrow can help you figure out how many trips you need to make when hauling a full load.

Therefore, it is helpful to make these calculations first before starting a new project because it can help you choose the correct equipment and make your job a whole lot easier. 

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