How much does mulch cost?

Price guide

$15 - $400

low

$15

median

$200

high

$400

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Having a large garden requires maintenance. Mulching is recommended by landscape contractors to preserve its moisture and keep your grass and plants looking vibrant and healthy. It also serves as their protection during the winter season.

There are different types of mulch, and it comes at different prices. So how much does a cubic metre of mulch cost? Local mulch prices are around $2 to $4 per square metre. If you’re wondering how much tiger mulch costs vs. how much rubber mulch costs per cubic yard,  you’ve come to the right place.

Different types of mulch and their costs

Type of organic mulch

Price per cubic metre

Red mulch

$80

Black mulch

$80

Bark mulch

$70

Pine bark

$90 to $100

Cedar mulch

$60

Compost

$10 to $60

Cypress mulch

$80 to $115

Shredded hardwood mulch

$60 to $80

Yard waste (leaves)

$20 to $30

Wood chips

$50 to $60

Sugarcane

$15 to $20

 

Type of inorganic mulch

Cost and measurement

Rubber

$25 per 5 kgs

Rocks and gravel

$90 to $400 per cubic metre

 

Rubber mulch is more expensive, around $40 to $95 per square metre. One of the most challenging mulch choices to find is hemlock mulch. Prices are better asked from your contractors, as they might know someone who provides access.

You can purchase mulch in bulk bags per cubic metre or square metre. A bulk bag is around 1,000 litres. If you want to know more about how much you will be spending to mulch your area, we have prepared a price list. You will learn more about the different types of mulch, their prices, and labour cost per yard of mulch. We‘ll make sure you will be very mulch prepared for it!

What factors affect the cost of mulch?

a garden cart full of mulch

Depending on the type you want, different types of mulch have unique costs. You should also consider the size of the area you want to cover, the delivery and installation, as this affects local mulch prices.


Mulch type

There are two kinds of mulch: organic mulch and inorganic mulch. Organic mulch is made of plant materials, compost, leaves or grass clippings. On the other hand, inorganic mulch is rocks, gravel, plastic sheeting, and rubber. It is usually artificial and can last much longer. However, organic mulch can be a better weed barrier than the other and can contribute a lot to the quality of your soil.


Garden size

The amount you will be paying will depend on the area you want to be covered. Buying bulk mulch can be done per square metre, cubic metre, or bulk bag. The bigger your area is, the more mulch you will need. The recommended depth of mulch is 3 inches. Here is a sample computation:

Size

Price per m²

Minimum area

Small

$8.80

100 m²

Medium

$6.50

500 m²

Large

$5.10

1,000 m²

Extra large

$4.50

1,500 m²


Delivery and installation

Bulk delivery charges for mulch are usually included in your mulch price as long as you reach their minimum limit.

You can decide to hire a landscape contractor to help you with your mulch installation. Doing this without a pro to help is possible but difficult as it will require too much work on your part, including lots of heavy lifting. See the following labour cost list per region in Australia:

State

Labour cost

Canberra

$50 to $60

NSW

$50

Western Australia

$50

South Australia

$40 to $45

VIctoria

$50

Queensland

$40 to $45


How to choose the right kind of mulch

a tree nourished by mulch

You want to use mulch in your garden to keep your soil’s moisture, thereby keeping the plants healthy, enriching your soil, and keeping the weeds at bay. It is still best to consult landscape designers to know what kind of mulch to use, but if you want to know a few things about it, here are a few things you should know about organic and inorganic mulch:


Bark and wood chips

Bark like cedar bark, shredded wood, wood chips, and hardwood chips are often waste products of paper and furniture. This is an eco-friendly choice and an excellent one for trees and shrubs. 

Watch out for pine in your mulch, as although this takes longer to disintegrate, it might harm flowers and vegetables due to its acidic content. Wood chips are also great for windy or rainy climates, as it is a heavier mulch.


Leaves, yard waste

Grass clippings and anything that shreds in the garden can be free mulch. It is good to use for flowers and vegetable beds. Watch out for clippings that were sprayed by pesticides, as this can hinder the growth of your garden, and look out for insects that might affect the growth of flowers.


Manure 

This is considered one of the best ones to enrich the soil and lock in its moisture as it decomposes - all that is necessary for growth. It provides nutrients, especially during the flowering season. It suppresses weeds but does not prevent them. 


Straw or hay

This comes from wheat, barley and oat. This is mainly used for preparing your garden for the planting season, and it also works well in protecting your plants during winter. This is best used for a vegetable garden.


Tiger mulch

You will often find this inorganic mulch around children’s playgrounds or landscaped gardens. It prevents insects and fungus from growing in your area. It keeps weed from growing but is a bit on the expensive side.


Rocks and gravel

This is primarily used in landscaping. It keeps heat and moisture, allowing water and air to reach the roots. It is good at preventing weed growth as well. You might pay additional costs when transporting rocks and gravel due to their weight.

How is mulch installed?

There are many things you can do in your garden when you decide to have it landscaped. You can hire someone to hedge your bushes or trees or level your garden to make room and stabilise the placement of your plants. Of course, you can also hire someone to do the labour for your mulch.

Professionals use mulch blowing for a quick installation. Mulch blowing can cut the time in half compared to mulch installation by hand. It will also take only two people to install it. 

If you have finally decided on the type of mulch you want to use, you can go to Airtasker and look for someone to help you with its installation. Our taskers will give you a quote within your budget, so you do not have to worry about how much a cubic yard of mulch costs!

How to book a mulching service on Airtasker 

Are you interested in getting a quote from Airtasker? Here are some details to include when posting a task:

  • Location - Provide your complete address so we can find the nearest service to you.
  • Garden size - Make sure you get the proper measurement of your yard to estimate how much mulch per square metre is needed.
  • Time - Let us know if this project is urgent.
  • Additional services - Any other services might cost you extra. But don’t worry! List anything else you need so that our taskers can give you the correct quote.

Price guide

$15 - $400

low

$15

median

$200

high

$400

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

There is no specific season to install mulch, however, installing mulch after rain is an excellent idea as it will preserve the moisture on your soil.

For every 12 cubic metre, 3 inches deep, you will need 6 bags of mulch.

Yes. Old mulch might develop fungi, yeast, and bacteria that can be harmful to your plants.

There is no specific season to install mulch, however, installing mulch after rain is an excellent idea as it will preserve the moisture on your soil.

Yes. Old mulch might develop fungi, yeast, and bacteria that can be harmful to your plants.

For every 12 cubic metre, 3 inches deep, you will need 6 bags of mulch.

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