# The Green Industry's Resource Center

#21
02-19-2012, 05:17 PM
 TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Oct 2007 Location: Metairie, Louisiana Posts: 957
Need Some Help

Ok, I'm really confused lol. I'm putting mulch down in a garden bed that is 21ft long by 8 feet deep. That's 168 sq ft. So I did the math earlier without the site and I came up with 28 3 cubic ft bags. However, I used this site http://www.gardenplace.com/content/c...lch_calc.html#
and they are telling me I only need 3 bags. That's just does not seem right. What do you guys think. I figured doing the mulch 6 in thick just so I don't under estimate.
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#22
02-19-2012, 05:24 PM
 TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Oct 2007 Location: Metairie, Louisiana Posts: 957
just to make sure I am doing this right. my formula is 21x8x1/2 which gives me 84 cubic feet. So if I figure each bag holds 3 cubic feet so I will divide 84 into 3 which gives me 28. So that would mean I need 28, 3 cubic feet bags of mulch. Someone tell me if I'm doing this wrong.
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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 NBS
2012 7x16 Tandem Axel Enclosed Trailer
2006 Walker 36" GHS w/ 20HP Kohler
2012 Wright 32"
2011 Toro 32" wb Floating Deck w/ Kawi
2007 21" Snapper Hi-Vac w/ Kawi
2007 21" Heavy Duty Toro w/ Kawi
McLane Commerical Walk Behind Edger
Stihl FS 110R String Trimmer
Stihl FS110r String Trimmer
Stihl FC 110 Stick Edger
Stihl BR 600 Back Pack Blower
Stihl HL 100K (135º)Hedge Trimmer
Stihl HS81T Hedge Trimmer

#23
02-19-2012, 05:43 PM
 TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Oct 2007 Location: Metairie, Louisiana Posts: 957
nvm you can scratch that. i wasnt putting the right thickness in.
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2007 GMC Sierra 1500 NBS
2012 7x16 Tandem Axel Enclosed Trailer
2006 Walker 36" GHS w/ 20HP Kohler
2012 Wright 32"
2011 Toro 32" wb Floating Deck w/ Kawi
2007 21" Snapper Hi-Vac w/ Kawi
2007 21" Heavy Duty Toro w/ Kawi
McLane Commerical Walk Behind Edger
Stihl FS 110R String Trimmer
Stihl FS110r String Trimmer
Stihl FC 110 Stick Edger
Stihl BR 600 Back Pack Blower
Stihl HL 100K (135º)Hedge Trimmer
Stihl HS81T Hedge Trimmer

#24
02-19-2012, 08:32 PM
 cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member Join Date: Apr 2011 Location: Greenville, SC Posts: 2,664
Quote:
 Originally Posted by TheChiefsLawnCare nvm you can scratch that. i wasnt putting the right thickness in.
Garbage in garbage out
#25
02-19-2012, 08:48 PM
 scottslawncareav LawnSite Member Join Date: Apr 2011 Location: Palmdale California Posts: 99
why would you buy bags if you want 28 bags at 3 cuft a bag thats a little over 3 yards which you will get cheaper buy the scoop.
#26
02-19-2012, 11:03 PM
 mathteacherj LawnSite Member Join Date: Jan 2011 Location: Fort Wayne, IN Posts: 12
I use this for square footage of the yard.

As far as the mulch beds, I just segments from walking it out and subtracting an approximate percentage to account for plants, etc.
#27
02-20-2012, 09:17 PM
 wz2p7j LawnSite Member Join Date: Jan 2009 Posts: 50
Quote:
 Originally Posted by p2000sk The square footage of a yard is 9 square feet!
A yard is a measure of volume. Nine square feet is a measure of area, so you can't convert one to the other.

A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet.

Chris
#28
02-20-2012, 09:45 PM
 appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Nov 2011 Location: Virginia Posts: 349
Quote:
 Originally Posted by TheChiefsLawnCare nvm you can scratch that. i wasnt putting the right thickness in.
Good to helpful tools at the top of the lawnsite.com homepage and there is a calculator to use unless it has been taken down. Hope this helps.
#29
02-21-2012, 05:13 PM
 CozyHollow LawnSite Member Join Date: Feb 2012 Location: Hamilton Square, NJ Posts: 130
New Biz starting this Spring. I've been asking a lot of questions and read thru A LOT of these posts throughout. I'm from the NE and landscapers up here are charging \$175.00 to cut an acre. 1/3 acre - \$65.00. I see some here posting that they charge "per hour"? Now I'm going solo and plan to keep it that way...we'll see what the Biz does.

Generally speaking, when giving an estimate, I will walk the property and let the customer know that I'm bidding for a cut, trim, edge and blow. Get that price down and then add hedge trimming, etc. if they desire.

Now tell me if I'm wrong but when bidding on residential properties it's pretty much shooting from the hip, no? I mean I want to stay within the financial parameters of the industry and DO NOT want to be a fly by...I want to establish a reputable business that LAAAAASTS. So some here may want to thrash me to pieces for stating what I just did...all I'm doing is trying to GAIN as much knowledge so that I DO NOT under bid the industry and also DO NOT OVER price my customer.

Any input is MUCH appreciated!
#30
02-21-2012, 06:33 PM
 phillie LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Feb 2010 Location: indianapolis, in Posts: 859
Quote:
 Originally Posted by CozyHollow New Biz starting this Spring. I've been asking a lot of questions and read thru A LOT of these posts throughout. I'm from the NE and landscapers up here are charging \$175.00 to cut an acre. 1/3 acre - \$65.00. I see some here posting that they charge "per hour"? Now I'm going solo and plan to keep it that way...we'll see what the Biz does. Generally speaking, when giving an estimate, I will walk the property and let the customer know that I'm bidding for a cut, trim, edge and blow. Get that price down and then add hedge trimming, etc. if they desire. Now tell me if I'm wrong but when bidding on residential properties it's pretty much shooting from the hip, no? I mean I want to stay within the financial parameters of the industry and DO NOT want to be a fly by...I want to establish a reputable business that LAAAAASTS. So some here may want to thrash me to pieces for stating what I just did...all I'm doing is trying to GAIN as much knowledge so that I DO NOT under bid the industry and also DO NOT OVER price my customer. Any input is MUCH appreciated!
My input would be to start your own thread asking these questions. You said you searched but I am fairly sure there is over 1000 threads on the subjects you brought up. FYI-if your shooting from the hip with out years of experience you will be gone before you know it.

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