View Full Version : measuring flower beds for mulch

04-01-2009, 05:29 PM
Just wondering how you guys figure for mulch. I am in the process of figuring an estimate for mulch. All the beds are shaped so do you take the largest dims of the bed? I have one bed on his property thats 98'x15' but it flairs in to 8' or so here and there. Should I figure it at 98'x15' (9 yards @ 2" thick) or do you guys have a different method. thanks in advance

04-01-2009, 05:33 PM
"cut" the bed into individual measurments instead of one bif measurement. Also, keep in mind the types of plants in the flowerbeds. If there is a large amount of groundcover or large shrubs that have leaves to the ground you won't need as much mulch as opposed to a bulb garden or annual garden which you will need to mulch the entire area.

04-01-2009, 07:55 PM
I always would rather have too much mulch than not enough. So I sort of average the width of the bed to get a ballpark figure. And if your mulch yard is like mine, you could probably get 8 yds and by the time they load your trailer with the bucket heaping over, you'll have 8.5 yds anyway. I got 1 yd today for a small job, and I swear it must have been a 1.5 - 2 yds judging by the time it took me to spread it.

04-01-2009, 08:38 PM
yep go with 8 yards, i agree with jsw.

04-01-2009, 11:33 PM
Without seeing a pic and not knowing the shrub/flower layout...

On a new bed I like 2.5 to 3 inches so that's roughly 100 per sq yd

Assuming its somewhere near 50/50 width of 15 ft and 9ft I would add those together and divide by two. So I would get total sq footage with 98 by 12= 1176. I would get 10 yards and go back for extra if need be.