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DBLC
07-31-2002, 08:18 AM
I need some help with a good way to figure mulch. I currently measure my beds L times W times D. I am lost after that. Please help!! Thanks!!

jkelton
07-31-2002, 02:23 PM
This is how I explain this to my potential customers:

1. Measure area square footage
2. Multiply number by depth (in feet)
3. Divide number by 27 to obtain yardage
Inch to feet conversion
1"=0.083 feet
2"=0.167 feet
3"=0.250 feet
4"=0.333 feet
5"=0.417 feet
6"=0.500 feet
7"=0.583 feet
8"=0.667 feet


Example: One playground has two areas; one area is 40 ft by 60 ft rectangle; the other area is 25 ft by 35 ft. The depth of the mulch will be 4 inches. How mulch mulch will be needed?
Solution: For the first area 40*60 = 2400 ft2. For the second area => 25*35 = 875 ft2. Add both areas together to obtain 3275 ft2. Multiply 3275 by the depth (in feet - see conversion chart above) 3275*0.333 = 1080 ft3. Divide number by 27 to get yardage => 1080/27 = 40 yards

DBLC
07-31-2002, 02:47 PM
GREAT SOLUTION!!!! THANKS!!! I love lawnsite. This is really a great way for us ALL to work and help each other. I hope I get to help others!!!!!!!:D

strickdad
08-01-2002, 02:52 AM
and if your lazy like me you can go to www.tomsmulch.com (http://www.tomsmulch.com) and click on calculator...

heygrassman
08-03-2002, 12:10 AM
I have a mulch calculator spreadsheet that bids the job, and calcs cost while determining total material needs. If anyone would like a copy, jeff@ascapes.net.. may take a few days to turn around.