calculate mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DND Outdoor, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. DND Outdoor

    DND Outdoor LawnSite Member
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    Could someone refresh me on figuring yards need based on square footage.

    Example if I have an area of 500 sft do I divide by 9 or 27 and how do you account for depth, say I wanted 3 inches instead of 2? Basic I know but I am drawing blank
     
  2. earthtool

    earthtool LawnSite Member
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  3. DND Outdoor

    DND Outdoor LawnSite Member
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    earthtool,
    thanks very much that is exactly what i was looking for except I want the actual formula's so I can have in the field with me
     
  4. DND Outdoor

    DND Outdoor LawnSite Member
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    An example is like with concrete, if I measure sqft and divide by 80 I get cubic yards of crete needed based on a 4" base. I guess I could double the dividing number to 160 and I would get my yards needed for a 2 inch base. I am trying to simplify the calculations so I don't have to depend on my computer for everything. I think I am getting slower and I get older :dizzy:
     
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Go to the maintenance forum, click on the "STICKY" at the top that has the "calculating mulch" thread. It's all there.


    Dan
     
  6. DND Outdoor

    DND Outdoor LawnSite Member
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    I am not finding maintenance forum or "sticky"??
     
  7. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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  8. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
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    Use this formula:

    feet in length X feet in width / 9 / 36 X number of inches desired = total cubic yards needed.

    There you have it.
     
  9. Geezer

    Geezer LawnSite Member
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    (Square Footage) X (Depth) divided by 27 will give you cubic yards

    (.167) = 2 inch depth
    (.25) = 3 inch depth
    (.33) = 4 inch depth
     

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