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10-20-2002, 07:06 PM
Hi Guys,

Not sure if I am posting this in the wright area but giving it a try anyway. I am in the middle of putting a bid together for a possible client for next season. I have the cutting, trimming, blowing, edging, and shrub trimming under control for the bid mu question ishow do I take x amount of feet and convert it to yards. like 3 feet deep by 168 feet long. I usually just put mulch down than bill customer. This client wants a more detailed bid packet.Any help would be greatly appreciated.


10-20-2002, 07:12 PM
If I remember right its your total sq ft divided by 9. Don't quote me but I think that gives you your sq. yards. Been awhile since algebra.


10-20-2002, 07:15 PM
Mulch in lawn care forum? Try landscaping.

There are 27 cubic ft in a yd. Take your square feet of beds, figure how deep you want the mulch, calculate that in cubic feet, and then convert to yds. Or you could find your cost and know that it takes $.xx per sqft to put down mulch at 3 in.

10-20-2002, 07:21 PM
do a search!! this has been discussed before. iin the search you will find links to other websites with calculators on them and also all the formulas.

10-20-2002, 07:27 PM
Thanks I did a search first and found nothing. If any one knows these calculator sites that would be great.

10-20-2002, 07:37 PM
read my post and get a calculator. Its so easy, i want to reach through and slap you.

10-20-2002, 07:46 PM
hey mac, know your role buddy.

10-20-2002, 08:00 PM
Multiply your length of bed times the width of bed in feet, then divide that number by 108 to figure how many cubic yards of mulch you need to cover your bed to a depth of 3".

For example....in your case 168' x 3' = 504 sq. ft.

divide 504 by 108 = 4.66 cubic yds. of mulch

If you wanted to go 4" deep, you would divide by 81 instead of 108

If you wanted to go 6" deep, you would divide by 54.

Usually 3" is a good figure, and in this case you need 4.66 yds. of mulch (get 5 and make sure you have enough that way)

Fantasy Lawns
10-20-2002, 08:13 PM

10-20-2002, 08:26 PM
Thanks everbody, including the cocky guy . I got the bid complete with all of your help.:D

10-20-2002, 08:47 PM
Sorry to be a jerk, im a numbers guy.

10-20-2002, 09:10 PM
Hey numbers guy .........

Remember this one......more than 80% of all folks who go into business for themselves fail. Interpersonal skills are equally important to the "intelligence" skills.

I'm not trying to be rude or derogatory...... just trying to point out something that might help you to be successful as you build your business.

10-20-2002, 10:01 PM

three years down, how many more to go??;)

I have heard that, and that is why i am trying to build the biz while im in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.:)

10-21-2002, 03:16 AM
Or you could make it easier than that even

You can be like

ok 168 feet long times 3 feet = 504 square feet.

then do depth ok, i need 3 inch deep, 3 inches is 1/4 of a foot..

so 504 times .25 = 126 cubic feet

how much mulch do I need??

27 cubic feet = 1 cubic yard

so 126 / 27 = 4.6666666



3' \

and 3" deep

128*3*.25=126/27=4.666 cubic yard of mulch

Little Guy
10-21-2002, 08:13 AM
Easy as width x length x depth devided by 27 = yards needed!

:blob2: Little Guy

10-21-2002, 12:51 PM
I take the square footage of beds multiply that by the number of inches of mulch you are putting down the divide by 324. 324 being the number of cubic inhes in a cubic yard. Hope that helps.

10-21-2002, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by MacLawnCo
three years down, how many more to go??

According to Michael Gerber author of The E-Myth, 80% of new businesses fail in the first year. And then out of the businesses that remain (20%), 80% will fail within five years.

Now, these stats can be misleading. The Government counts business that have changed their status (such as from a partnership to incorporation) in these figures.

Another reason is not the business failing, just that people grow tired of all the government eating all the money that is made, so they do something different and it looks to the government that the business failed. One of the reasons tiny Hong Kong (originally an island that was only 24 sq. miles) grew financially so quick was do to the low to non-existing taxes that was placed on businesses. Something to think about.

10-21-2002, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by tailoredlook
I take the square footage of beds multiply that by the number of inches of mulch you are putting down the divide by 324. 324 being the number of cubic inhes in a cubic yard. Hope that helps.

There's something wrong with those numbers. With 1728 cubic inches in a cubic foot it adds up to 46,656 cubic inches in a cubic yard. Where do you get the 324 from? The formula works as is though, so it's correct, I just can't understand what the 324 relates to.