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Old 04-03-2013, 09:37 PM
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measuring how much mulch one needs

What's the best way to figure out how many yards of mulch you need ? I don't have the trained eye of guestimating and measuring takes forever since most beds are winding and filled with plants. Are there any quick accurate tricks you guys have without walking through with measuring wheels ?
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:53 PM
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1 cubic yard covers 100 square feet at a 3" depth. 100 sq. Ft. Is a 10' x 10. Area.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:08 PM
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:19 PM
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I will tell you how I do it. As I walk the property I picture 10x10 areas in the mulch and each one is a yard of mulch at 3 inches thick.

Obviously like Grandview said, it will take a few to get the hang of it and I still make mistakes but most of the time it is in my favor. Rarely do we run out of mulch on a job as I send more and when we come back to yard we just dump it back in the pile for tomorrows use.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:49 PM
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Here's an idea....measure! LENGTH X WIDTH = AREA add up all areas. break up beds in squares or rectangles. add up total # sq foot wallah! there's your #. Don't sell yourself short and guestimate.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:58 PM
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Here's an idea....measure! LENGTH X WIDTH = AREA add up all areas. break up beds in squares or rectangles. add up total # sq foot wallah! there's your #. Don't sell yourself short and guestimate.
This is what I have done. Bought an extendable measuring wheel that can fit almost anywhere I want to store it in the truck, makes measuring fast.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:05 PM
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Agreed with the above posters. If I were you I would bust out the measurements on the first few and make sure you don't under estimate the amount needed. If you have a smart phone there are several free apps you can download that you can enter the length and width and desired depth and it will calculate the amount needed for you. After you do a few you should be able to just eyeball it and be just as accurate. When I look at beds, I picture it in spaced out bags of mulch now.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:40 PM
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what if you bought it by the bag and one bag = 2 cubic feet how many bags would it take todo a 10x10 area 3" deep
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L x w x depth in inches/324=cubic yards
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:01 AM
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There are 27 cubic ft. in a yard.
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