How much Mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Green Acres, Mar 20, 2002.

  1. Green Acres

    Green Acres LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 316

    I have a guy that wants to re-mulch his flower beds. He just wants to but some new on top of the old mulch. He has about 2200 sq. ft. of beds. How many cubic yards would I need to do this job at I figure about 1" depth? Also if he pays for the mulch how much should I charge to do a job like this? There are plants in the bed but there pretty well spaced about. Before I forget it's going to be a cypress mulch if that makes any difference. Any info would be great!!! Thanks
     
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    6.79 yards.

    Better figure 8 or 9 yards because it's tough to spead 1" without an occational bare spot.

    Price will depend on how many beds and their location to mulch pile/truck.
     
  3. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    With us purchasing the mulch (only way i'd take the job, by the way)

    = 2200 sq.ft @ 2.0'' = approx: 12.0 yd. @ $55.00/yard installed
    TOTAL : $660.00

    @ 1.0'' = 7.0 yards
    TOTAL : $385.00

    client purchasing mulch =

    @ 2.0'' = ~$500.00
    @ 1.0'' = ~$300.00
     
  4. jettabug

    jettabug LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I usually find the length, width, and Height of an area. Sometimes this is hard because there are curves but I adjust.
    My formula is
    3'x3'x3'=1yd
    36"x36"x36"=46656
    LxWxH=46656y

    If I have an area 10'x 10' and I want 2 inches of mulch, I multiply my feet by 12 to get inches, so

    120x120x2=46656y

    2880000=46656y

    divide both sides by 466566 and you get Y, yards of mulch it will take you to do the job at 2" depth.

    Now .62 yards, round up 3/4 or 1 yard.

    Now, 1yard deivered depending on the mulch may be $25
    Every yard I come up with I ad an hour of labor

    so $55.00 to spread 1 yard of mulch
    If it is really bad going or a bed full of plants you might adjust by adding 10% to your labor.
     

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