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luv2fly
03-17-2006, 01:32 PM
I'm putting in a bid on a major steak house chain. After I measured the property I came up with 4487 sq ft of area for mulch. The company I buy my mulch from converted that to 400 yds of mulch at 2in thick. My question is does that number sound to big? I have never put in a bid on a property this size. I guess I have size shock at the amount of mulch that is required.

Thanks in advance,

Luv2fly:dizzy:

rodfather
03-17-2006, 01:37 PM
They are way off. Those measurements come to 28.26 yards. Trying to put it down at only 2 inches is gonna be kind of tough btw. Install it at 3 inches instead. That will be give ya almost 42 yards to put down.

2menandamower
03-17-2006, 01:39 PM
I have always used the formula that 1 yd will cover 80sf of are at 3"-4" thick. If you are only going 2" think I would think that 1 yd would cover 160sf??? By that math you are looking at alot less than 400YDS???? You might want to do the math again....

Scott

kaufmaninc
03-17-2006, 01:39 PM
You need 28 yards of mulch.

rodfather
03-17-2006, 01:41 PM
Your mulch company needs someone who's a little better with math btw. :laugh:

Jpocket
03-17-2006, 02:11 PM
Yea 400 yards is unreal, I would get someone to blow 400 yards in with a truck mounted blower. Doing 400 yards any other way is silly, unless we have a drought and you need work to keep the guys busy.

petekief
03-17-2006, 02:17 PM
4487 square feet / 9 square feet per square yard = 498.5555 square yards
2" Depth = 2" / 36" per yard = .05555555 yards deep
498.5555 square yards X .0555555 yards deep = 27.69 cubic yards @ 2"
3" depth = 3" / 36" per yard = .083333333 yards deep
498.5555 square yards X .08333333 yards deep = 41.5461 cubic yards @ 3"
30 yards at 2"
45 yards at 3"
it's a chain????
4487 square feet seems like it might be one location to me
your talking about an area thats basicaly 45 x 100 ft???
23 x 200????
5 x 1000
How Many stores???

lawnworker
03-17-2006, 03:44 PM
41.54 Rodfather has it right at 42 @ three inches.

luv2fly
03-17-2006, 04:11 PM
Thank you everbody,

I really do appreciate it. I thought 400yds seemed like a lot of mulch. No wonder they were smiling when I left.

petekief,

Thanks, for the formula. Right now it's just one store.

Luv2fly

prizeprop
03-17-2006, 04:43 PM
LxWxH/27= cubic yards Dont forget to convert height to inches(.0833 = 1 inch)

4,486 x 1 x .1666(2 in.) = 747.3676/ 27 = 27.7 yards.

mowerman90
03-17-2006, 06:05 PM
Follow this link for a handy mulch estimator: http://www.gardenplace.com/content/calculator/mulch_calc.html#

kemmer
03-17-2006, 06:20 PM
mowerman90- i was about to send the same thing lol, site works very well

CAG
03-17-2006, 06:45 PM
400 yrds sounds about right if your going 30 feet thick..j/k lol

SeaSide
03-17-2006, 09:29 PM
Find another source. All these guys are right with the 28 to 40+ theories.

MR HYDROSEED
03-19-2006, 10:31 PM
Hey Seaside, Welcome to Lawnsite.com. I live only a couple miles away from you. Let me know if you need any hydroseeding this year! Mike

MR HYDROSEED
03-19-2006, 10:31 PM
Hey Seaside, Welcome to Lawnsite.com. I live only a couple miles away from you. Let me know if you need any hydroseeding this year! Mike

MR HYDROSEED
03-19-2006, 10:36 PM
Admitting it is probably worse! :o

topsites
03-19-2006, 11:31 PM
They are way off. Those measurements come to 28.26 yards. Trying to put it down at only 2 inches is gonna be kind of tough btw. Install it at 3 inches instead. That will be give ya almost 42 yards to put down.

Odd but I come up with 23.6 (or 24 yards) at 2 inches thick, then again I spread kinda thin...
Either way, 400 is way off, here's how I guide:

1 cubic yard covers the area a car covers, 4 inches thick (about 95 sq.feet).
The same yard covers the area two cars cover, 2 inches thick (190 sq. feet).
So then 4478 / 190 = 24

Never take someone else's word as gold in this job, you have to know your own answers and you did the right thing coming here straighten this out.

Far as doing 24 yards, shoot that's not so bad, I'd do 4 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon for 3 days straight, or just do 4 yards/ day for a week.
Cost-wise, I'd charge them 1075.00 but that's me (at 45/cu.yd., delivered and spread)

If you wanna be lazy, some places have a blower division which can likely do this (most have a 10 or 20 cu.yd. minimum) and they charge a little less / yard (in my case, it's $40/yd. delivered and spread) so you'd get to stick 120 dollars in your pocket doing nothing lol... Still, I'd rather do the work and take the whole profit.

Good luck!