compost calculation?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by beachtownlawnservice, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. beachtownlawnservice

    beachtownlawnservice LawnSite Member
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    How much compost will i need to cover a 1.5 acres at 1/4 inch?
    I called around to a couple of suppliers and they are recommending 100+ yards. Is this right? seems a bit much to me. both places want $31-$35 dollars a yard . but will give me a discount if i buy this much.
     
  2. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No offense but can't you do basic math?
     
  3. beachtownlawnservice

    beachtownlawnservice LawnSite Member
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    thanks for your 2 cents duffster.
    I posted 1/4 inch. but they want 1/2 inch, after i aerate which i read will make a difference in the amount we are to put down. I'm coming in at 101.yards just seems like I'm over calculating something? or missing something? seems like a lot.
     
  4. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    1.5 acre is a lot.

    101 yards is right on the money @ 1/2"
     
  5. jcr4au

    jcr4au LawnSite Member
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    For 1/2" take the sq footage and divide by 640. I got 102 yds doing that.
     
  6. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why 604 and not 648?
     
  7. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well an acre is 43,560 Sq. Ft. or a Rectangle area of 100 ft. long x 435.6 ft. wide, so if you plug these #'s into any landscape material calculator with his depth at .50" thick it comes out to 67 Yards per Acre, Yeah that last calculator I used had a different #, and was obviously incorrect. So for 1.5 Acres x 67 Cubic Yards/per acre x 1.5=the final answer would be== 100.5 Cubic Yards roughly
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Unless you're on sand I wouldn't bother about 1/2" of compost to begin with, unless you're doing a major overseeding event...

    There is a point of "Diminishing returns" with compost as with most other things... It really doesn't take a lot to get your soils going in the right direction and I would speak plainly with the client about that...

    Otherwise you're talking about $2000.00 dollars just in materials , correct??
     

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