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BCFLawnLandscape
08-18-2008, 08:28 PM
I have a customer who is looking to put down Bank Run Gravel (varies in size from quarter size to tennis ball) in his beds instead of mulch. I have not done alot with the gravel to be able to measure exactly how much to purchase for the job. The area would normally require about 4 yards of mulch. Can anyone give me a formula to figure it up? or some suggestions on how much you would think I need?

Thanks in advance for the help!

robtown
08-18-2008, 09:43 PM
stone ussually covers approx 150 sq ft.
I would use a fabric 4 oz or better or else the stone will work its way into the soil.
plus it is great as a weed barrier

Travel'n Trees
08-20-2008, 03:23 AM
Stone covers 150???? I advice you don't bid it at 150ft to a yard or ton, I am not familar with this rock unless it is way lighter than lava rock.

TCS Landscaping
08-20-2008, 05:47 PM
There are several stone calculators online.

TCS Landscaping
08-20-2008, 05:53 PM
Do a google search and you'll find one

cutbetterthanyou
08-20-2008, 10:22 PM
Not Being Smart But Around Here Bank N Run Is Dirt Like That Yellow Sand/dirt That They Use For Pads. So You May Want To Make Sure When You Go To Get It That It Is The Right Stuff.

Mike33
08-20-2008, 10:36 PM
Using rock instesd of mulch? Don't do it! Mulch is fertile holds moisture thats its purpose. Rocks hold the heat and drain, very hard on the plants.
Mike

AJ Lawnscapes
08-21-2008, 01:29 AM
rent a mini-Cat or dingo if you're doing alot of rock (4 yards of mulch = 4 yards of gravel 3/4"-1") and be sure to upcharge the rock due to labor and exhaustion.

Mulch is cheaper, but in the long run is a money maker for you. I suggest Dyed Black, more professional looking, darker looking, and won't grey out in a month.

kleankutslawn
08-21-2008, 02:26 AM
post pics when done

Travel'n Trees
08-27-2008, 01:29 AM
Using rock instesd of mulch? Don't do it! Mulch is fertile holds moisture thats its purpose. Rocks hold the heat and drain, very hard on the plants.
Mike Bugs, termites, doesnt last, the only rock I have used that was hard on plants was the white granite but haven't used that in 20 years

mngrassguy
08-27-2008, 03:23 AM
Mulch is less expensive initially but needs annual maintenance. Mulch is a more "natural" for the plants health. How many plants/trees do you see growing out of rocks in the woods?