Formula for mulcning?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by guntruck, Dec 3, 2000.

  1. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
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    Whats that formula you guys use to figure out the yards of mulch needed for a job? This specific job measured out to be 1400 sqft. Thanks

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  2. tpirobert

    tpirobert LawnSite Member
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    Everyone's "formula" for mulch is probably different, based on thickness put down, type and amount of plant material in bed. That said... I usually figure 240 sq.ft. per cu.yd. of mulch. Measure a few of your own jobs and you'll come up with a number that works for you. My figures are based on shredded hardwood mulch, 2-3 inches thick.
     
  3. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Rich,

    Make all your measurements in terms of sq ft. Then divide by 27 to make yds. For example, 1400 sq ft * .25 ft = 350 cu ft 350 cu ft / 27 cu ft per cu yd = 13 cu yds.

    If you have any question rich, lemme know.
     
  4. PRapoza451

    PRapoza451 LawnSite Member
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    13 yds how do you figure that? That's almost four inches of mulch over that 1400s.f. area. To answer your question simply.

    Divide your s.f. by 162 = yds. for a two inch thickness of mulch.

    Ex: 1400/162= 8.64yds. spread @two to three inches.

    With the fluff factor of mulch (when loading and spreading mulch is fluffed full of air) you can usually purchase about 15% less and still cover the area with two to three inches of fluffed mulch. I'd say count on buying seven for this job.

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  5. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well acutally, it was four inches. Just check the middle figure of mine. 1400 sq ft * .25 ft = 350 cu ft 350 cu ft / 27 cu ft per cu yd = 13 cu yds.
    If you want less you can do 1400 sq ft * (inches of mulch)/12 = x cu ft / 27 cu ft per cu yd = y cu yds
     
  6. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We did this one before. Just keep in mind the "fluff" factor mentioned in the other posts. Also, guntruck didn't tell us what thickness he was going to use, so all of the suggestions were mostly correct, for that thickness. (Actually Vandora gave the calculation for 3 inches of depth)
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  7. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    That's too much figurin' for me . I just go with 1 yard per 100 sq ft.
     
  8. jkinchla

    jkinchla LawnSite Member
    from MA
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    One yard per 100 SF is good enough in my book, unless you are doing over, say 200 cy job.
     
  9. PRapoza451

    PRapoza451 LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys,

    Don't let math stand in your way. It's to complicated to figure out square footage and divide it by 162. Why even bother with 1yd/100s.f., why not just look at the job while in your truck and guesstimate. They have these new inventions, when numbers are put in correctly they figure out mathematical equations for you, they're called calculators.
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  10. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 268

    Ok wait a minute, if Vandoras calc. came out at 4" coverage w/13 yards and you figure your calc. @3" per yard how do you come up w/ only 7 yards? That's a hell of a fluff factor<img src="http://dirtrider.net/ubb2/biggrin.gif">
    Actually i don't measure it off i just walk and look, can't do it from the truck yet though, still working on that:p
     

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