How Many Bags are in a Pallet of Mulch?

For a typical 2 cu ft. bag of mulch, there’re 65 bags of mulch with typical size of 40 inches x 48 inches. However, in a standard pallet of mulch, there are 65 to 70 bags of mulch of average size. But it’s best that you relate the size of bag with that of the pallet as there’s no universal size.

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How many bags are in a Pallet of Mulch?

Why mulch?

Mulch is a material that covers the surface of soil to improve its condition and promote plant growth. It is considered an important ingredient for gardening and landscaping. It is placed over the soil to regulate temperature and retain moisture, and it also helps in preventing weed plant growth.

Pallet of Mulch

Mulch is generally sold in pallets for various reasons. Mostly it is a cost-effective way for suppliers to package and transport large quantities of mulch.

Generally, a standard pallet can hold between 65 to 70 bags of mulch but for a big size bag of mulch the pallet can even hold 50 bags. However, if the bags are larger or smaller than average, this number may vary.

Pretty much every shop that sells plants and flowers will also sell mulch. In general practice, mulch bags size is 2 cubic feet.  Down below is a breakdown showing how many bags of wood mulch are on a typical pallet by bag weight.

Bag sizeNumber of mulch bags
2 cft bag65 bags of mulch
2.8 cft bag50 bags of mulch
3 cft bag40 bags of mulch
1.5 cft bag70 bags of mulch

On average pallet size is around 48” x 40” and the mulch bags are stacked on top of one another in vertical rows.

Once the bags are stacked on a pallet then the entire pallet is wrapped in a plastic sheet. This helps in accidental drops and keeps bags intact together.

Now the stacking of mulch bags can be different for different manufacturers and suppliers.

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How many bags are in a pallet of mulch?

Pallets are an essential part of the logistics industry, used for transporting goods across the globe. The standard size of a pallet is crucial to ensure compatibility with transportation equipment and efficient use of space in storage facilities.

For example, industries that deal with heavier loads may require larger pallets to distribute weight evenly.

Meanwhile, smaller industries may opt for smaller pallet sizes to optimize their storage space. As we know that mulch bags also come in different packaging which includes 2 cubic feet, 1 cubic foot, 2.5 cubic feet, and 3 cubic feet mulch bag.

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In general practice, roughly 50-70 bags of mulch can be stacked on a pallet no matter if it is straw mulch, rubber mulch, or bark mulch.

 In short one pallet of mulch will either contain 65 bags of 2 cubic feet of mulch, 50 bags of 2.8 cubic feet of mulch, 40 bags of 3 cubic feet of mulch, or 70 bags of 1.5 cubic feet of mulch.

However, some manufacturers may package more or fewer bags per pallet. It’s best to check with the specific manufacturer or distributor for the exact number of bags in a pallet of mulch.

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How many 2 cubic feet bags are in a pallet of a mulch?

As discussed earlier, a standard-sized 48” x 40” pallet of mulch can contain around 20-65 bags of 2 cubic feet. Mathematically, if we multiply the standard sized pallet dimensions, we will get the surface area of the pallet equals to 1,920 square inches.

We can stack only 6 layers of mulch on a pallet and by multiplying number of bags per layer with the number of layers, it will give us total number of bags.  

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For bark mulch, the number will be slightly higher and a pallet of bark mulch will contain 60-65 bags of 2 cubic feet. Similarly, for rubber mulch, it would be more or less the same as bark mulch as the pallet can handle the heavier weight.

As far as gravel or stone mulch are concerned the number of 2 cubic feet bags would be 20 for obvious reasons. The 2 cubic feet is a common size for bagged mulch and is often used for larger landscaping projects. These bags are typically heavier than the 1.5 cubic feet bags, but still manageable for most homeowners.

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How many yards are in a pallet of mulch?

Most of the time, projects only need a few bags of mulch. On average there are 4-5 cubic yards in a pallet of mulch. On a standard-sized 48” x 40” pallet a normal item count is 54 bags of 2.8 cubic feet or 5.6 yards and 45 bags of 3 cubic feet or 45 bags of 3 cubic feet or 5 yards.

Similarly, 2 cubic feet of bags will amount to 65 per pallet or 4.8 yards. However, when the pallet is filled with gravel mulch bags it can hold 20-22 bags per pallet.

 A yard of mulch is enough to cover 108 square feet with a depth of 3 inches. The 3 inches depth is considered good for much in flower beds. It keeps the garden weed free and the soil moist. Let’s assume we a 2 inches deep mulch layer then the volume of mulch in a single pallet will be as:

Volume = Length x Width x Depth

Volume = 4 feet x 4 feet x 0.17 feet

Volume = 2.72 cubic feet

Since there are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard, we can calculate the number of cubic yards in a pallet of mulch by dividing the volume by 27:

Number of yards = Volume / 27

Number of yards = 2.72 cubic feet / 27

Number of yards ≈ 0.1 cubic yards


When it comes to stacking mulch bags on a pallet there is no straight answer to this question. There are different factors that affect the number of mulch bags on a pallet.

For light weighted mulch there is a larger number of bags and for heavy or gravel type of mulch then the number of bags will be different because of the weight variance.

In some cases, there are stack height limitations so that should also be kept in mind while transporting mulch to the home backyard.  The number of bags in a pallet of mulch can vary depending on several factors, including the size and weight of the bags, as well as the specific brand or supplier.

However, a common configuration for mulch bags is typically around 40 to 80 bags per pallet.

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