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05-29-2004, 02:09 AM
 1MajorTom Senior Moderator Join Date: Mar 2000 Location: Pennsylvania Posts: 6,098
How To Determine How Much Mulch Is Needed

This question seems to be a popular one in this forum.
A lot of people want to know how to figure out the correct amount of mulch for their landscaping project. So D Felix came up with a good idea to have the formula stuck to the top of this forum.

Here it is:

To determine how much mulch is needed, you take:

Total square feet x depth desired (in feet) / 27 = cubic yards needed

Take square footage time depth desired (in feet, i.e. 3" = .25 feet).
That gives volume in cubic feet.
Divide that number by 27 to get cubic yards. There's 27 cubic feet per yard (3'x3'x3'=27 cubic feet).
#2
05-29-2004, 06:19 PM
 wonderwoman LawnSite Member Join Date: May 2004 Location: murfreeboro,tenn Posts: 13
thats pretty good try it out tomorrow
#3
05-30-2004, 06:21 PM
 tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic Join Date: Jan 2003 Location: earth Posts: 8,753
thanks Jodi for the information
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05-30-2004, 08:54 PM
 bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic Join Date: Nov 2000 Location: NJ Posts: 10,188
duhhhhhh!!!!!! if u can't figure it out, don't do it
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05-31-2004, 03:18 PM
 Ric LawnSite Fanatic Join Date: Sep 2001 Location: S W Florida Posts: 11,846
Quote:
 Originally posted by bobbygedd duhhhhhh!!!!!! if u can't figure it out, don't do it

BooBY

Just for you I will make it easier. That way you can do it.

1 Yard of Mulch 3" deep will cover 108 sq feet

1 Yard of Mulch 4" deep will cover 81 sq feet

1 Bag 2 cu feet at 3" will cover 8 sq feet

1 Bag 2 cu feet at 4" will cover 6 sq feet
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#6
06-09-2004, 01:18 PM
 EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: Garland, Texas Posts: 4,331
1 Bag 3 cu feet at 2" will cover 18 sq feet
1 Bag 3 cu feet at 1" will cover 36 sq feet
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#7
06-21-2004, 02:51 PM
 EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: Garland, Texas Posts: 4,331
Here is a table that will do it for ya...

http://www.soilbuildingsystems.com/CubicYard.htm
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#8
08-02-2004, 01:23 PM
 kris LawnSite Bronze Member Join Date: Apr 2001 Location: nowhere Posts: 1,833
metric is so much easier
#9
08-04-2004, 09:34 AM
 D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member Join Date: Jan 2004 Location: Putnam County, Indiana Posts: 1,905
Not when you are used to the *right* way of doing it.

And especially not when your suppliers handle stuff that way too.

Dan
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09-09-2004, 09:59 AM
 tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Sep 2003 Location: Texas-Southeast DFW Posts: 278
If you use this formula you don't have to convert the depth from inches to feet:

Length (in Feet) X Width (in Feet) X Depth (in Inches) / 324 = Cubic Yards

Example:

Length=10'
Width=20'
Depth=3"
10x20x3/324=1.8518518518518518518518518518519 cubic yards

or

Using the decimal equilivant of 3 inches (.25 feet):

Length=10'
Width=20'
Depth=.25'
10x20x.25/27=1.8518518518518518518518518518519 cubic yards
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