How much mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by packer101, Apr 15, 2007.


How do you find how much mulch you need?

  1. Online tool helper

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  2. Do the math yourself

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  3. Ask others

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  1. packer101

    packer101 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    Just wondering, who knows how to find how much mulch they need with out a online table or such.
  2. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    I eyeball it. anything under 10 yards and I have no problem. I finished a cleaunup the other day and the homeowner came out and asked for mulch. I eyeballed it at 15 yards. I knew I had time to measure it out so I did. Did the math and it came out to 14.5 yards. After you mulch an account one time you should make a note with the amount of mulch you used and use that number for next year.
  4. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    1 cubic yard of mulch will cover approximately 160-170 sq ft at 2" deep
  5. Adam's Lawn and Garden

    Adam's Lawn and Garden LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 306

    i went to harbor frieght and got a measuring wheel for 15 bucks. I measure the length by the width. Take that for all the beds to get a total area for mulch beds. Then divide it by 160 which is the square feet per yard of mulch. That will give you an amount of yards to get.


    Flower Bed 1:20 X 20
    Flower Bed 2:4 X 4
    Tree Line:60 X 12
    Take the total of each and add them together.

    400+16+720=1136 sq. ft.

    1136/160(that's for 2 inches deep)=7.1 cubic yards

    I do this for all my jobs unless i remember how much i used before. But i have gotten my self into tight spots when i didn't measure. Also, make sure that your mulch supplier sells 1 cubic yard. Cause i used on guy once and they sold it by 3/4 a cubic yard, and that really screwed me up!


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