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JCLawn and more
04-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Does that sound right for 3 inches of mulch?

Southern Pride
04-05-2010, 11:37 PM
3" is overkill in my opinion, unless they specifically asked for it.

Crash
04-05-2010, 11:47 PM
3" is overkill in my opinion, unless they specifically asked for it.

You need to put down atleast 3" in a new bed. If you're topdressing, 1-2" is fine. If you put down less than 3" you'll just be back next year doin it again. Most people up here want 3".

Southern Pride
04-06-2010, 01:29 AM
If you put down less than 3" you'll just be back next year doin it again.

Oh, well that's exactly why I do it. This = more $. This is also why I spray my roundup to last a month, so I keep getting paid.

I go about 1.5-2" unless the customer specifically wants otherwise :walking:

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 08:34 AM
Oh, well that's exactly why I do it. This = more $. This is also why I spray my roundup to last a month, so I keep getting paid.

I go about 1.5-2" unless the customer specifically wants otherwise :walking:

I have 3 so I don't end up short, and most of her flower beds are bare. I spray round up every week when I mow at a couple of places, if I see a weed, I spray it. Is my formula right though? I don't want to screw up. Preen works really well too.

rusty_keg_3
04-06-2010, 04:23 PM
Ok, find the area... So lets say its 20x10, and they want it 2" thick...

Well, you need the volume... And 2" is 2/12 of a foot or 1/6= .16

20 take your area (200 sq ft) and multiply by thickness (.16)... 200x .16= 32

So thats 32 cu ft, but they sell bulk mulch by the cu yd whic is 3x3x3 ft...

So thats 27 cu ft per yd...

You would need 1.18 yds and i add in 10% for error... so 1.18x 1.1= 1.298 yds...

Thicknesses Guide ... (The number you multiply by your sq ft, then divide by 27)
1"= 0.83 ft
2"= 0.16 ft
3"= 0.25 ft
4"= 0.33 ft

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 06:53 PM
Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Is that right or wrong, that is what I am asking. I have not got a yes or no on it.

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 06:54 PM
Ok, find the area... So lets say its 20x10, and they want it 2" thick...

Well, you need the volume... And 2" is 2/12 of a foot or 1/6= .16

20 take your area (200 sq ft) and multiply by thickness (.16)... 200x .16= 32

So thats 32 cu ft, but they sell bulk mulch by the cu yd whic is 3x3x3 ft...

So thats 27 cu ft per yd...

You would need 1.18 yds and i add in 10% for error... so 1.18x 1.1= 1.298 yds...

Thicknesses Guide ... (The number you multiply by your sq ft, then divide by 27)
1"= 0.83 ft
2"= 0.16 ft
3"= 0.25 ft
4"= 0.33 ft

that seems screwed up. 4 inches is not .33ft and 1 inch is not .83 feet.

AI Inc
04-06-2010, 07:20 PM
length x width x .25 divided by 27

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 07:35 PM
it is 27? hum. ok

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 07:37 PM
oh I get it now. feet are squared and yards are cubed. I get it now. thanks

AI Inc
04-06-2010, 07:40 PM
no feet are cubed too , thats why .25 represents 1/4 of a cubic ft= 3 inches.

AI Inc
04-06-2010, 07:41 PM
it is 27? hum. ok

yes 27 cubic ft to a cubic yard.3ftx3ftx3ft

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 07:48 PM
ok, ya. I was thinking square foot, but ya. Once you time by the 1/4 ft you get cubed. So you divide each thing you multiply by 3 which would be 27. I get it now. I am glad I asked and not end up with 3 times the mulch I needed. lol!

CrewKut
04-06-2010, 07:58 PM
If you don't feel like figuring the formula out, there is a mulch calculator on this site. Upper left corner of the page, click on the helpful tools link.

Dan

aclawn
04-06-2010, 08:18 PM
Try This link,

http://www.landscapecalculator.com/calculators/mulch

JCLawn and more
04-06-2010, 10:34 PM
thats handy

Crash
04-07-2010, 12:46 AM
Oh, well that's exactly why I do it. This = more $. This is also why I spray my roundup to last a month, so I keep getting paid.

I go about 1.5-2" unless the customer specifically wants otherwise :walking:

That's all fine and dandy but, everyone has their own method. Personally, I've found that 3" is perfect for proper water retention and a thicker layer also helps suppress the weeds better. Plus, we get 140 yds. of mulch at a time, with our markup we're making $22.00 a yd. So that's another reason we use 3" right away, you're never guaranteed they're gonna call you back, might as well lay it thick the first time.

SDelPrete
04-07-2010, 08:05 AM
that seems screwed up. 4 inches is not .33ft and 1 inch is not .83 feet.


4 inches is 1/3 of a foot which is .33 in a decimal

1 inch is 1/12 of a foot so it is .083 not .83..he forgot the 0

AI Inc
04-07-2010, 08:07 AM
4 inches is 1/3 of a foot which is .33 in a decimal

1 foot is 1/12 of a foot so it is .083 not .83..he forgot the 0

ya mean 1 " is a 1/12 of a foot.

SDelPrete
04-07-2010, 08:09 AM
ya mean 1 " is a 1/12 of a foot.

indeed :laugh:

Craig3
04-07-2010, 08:30 PM
google "mulch calculator"
punch in your numbers

unkownfl
04-07-2010, 08:51 PM
Can't wait until he needs to calculate a circle.

JCLawn and more
04-07-2010, 08:59 PM
Can't wait until he needs to calculate a circle.

LOL:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Turf Dawg
04-08-2010, 10:38 AM
If I am going to be spreading where the depth will be in inches [say mulch] then I use this formula.

lengh in feet X width in feet X depth in INCHES / 324

This way you do not have to divide lets say 5"/12 which would be .41666666

nozzlehead
04-10-2010, 11:41 PM
Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Is that right or wrong, that is what I am asking. I have not got a yes or no on it.

JC...Here's the easiest way to figure how much mulch.

length (ft) x width (ft) / 324 x depth (inches) = yards needed

i.e.
a mulch bed that 4ft wide & 100ft long and you're going to add a 2" toping layer figures out:
4 x 100 = 400sq ft
400 / 324 = 1.23
1.23 x 2" = 2.47
rounded = 2.5 yards of mulch

I have this written inside my folder. Never leave home without it. Good luck!