# I suck at math, help me please lol

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Sweet Tater, Oct 16, 2010.

1. ### Sweet TaterLawnSite Silver Memberfrom North East MississippiPosts: 2,123

I need 5.56 yards of black mulch, can only find it in 1.5 cf bags. how many bags do I need? I know, but I really suck at math. thanks guys

2. ### 93ChevyLawnSite Fanaticfrom PittsburghPosts: 37,805

101 bags.

18 bags per cu. yd.

3. ### Sweet TaterLawnSite Silver Memberfrom North East MississippiPosts: 2,123

Thanks Tim, How ya been buddy, been so busy around here I dont know if I am comming or going lol, gotta love it.

4. ### 93ChevyLawnSite Fanaticfrom PittsburghPosts: 37,805

No problem David

No complaints on my end, staying busy with fall cleanups and some little projects here and there.

5. ### doubleedgeLawnSite Senior Memberfrom NDPosts: 912

Type "5.56 cu yard to cu ft" into Google and push enter. It will convert 5.56 cu yards to the cu ft value. Then divide by 1.5 and round up to find the total amount of bags needed.

6. ### Sweet TaterLawnSite Silver Memberfrom North East MississippiPosts: 2,123

I didnt know that, kewl info, thanks

7. ### topsitesLawnSite Fanaticfrom Richmond VirginiaPosts: 21,653

Dude, there has got to be a mulch yard around you somewheres that sells it by the cubic yard,
between now and Monday you have some time so find it, and get out there and buy 6...
The extra 1/2 will go, just spread it a little thicker you won't even notice, matter of fact I would
spread it normal and be glad you have the extra just in case...

The price difference will be so nominal between 5.5 and 6, as compared to getting it by the bag...
You'll probably save your customer like \$100+.

If I have my math right...
At \$3 a bag you're looking at \$300 + tax.
At \$28 a cubic yard you're up to about \$180.
So pocket yourself the \$20 out of that, give them the rest.

Everybody wins.

8. ### P.ServicesLawnSite Fanaticfrom Fenton MichiganPosts: 6,322

do you need us to chew your food also?

9. ### Alan0354LawnSite Platinum Memberfrom San Jose, Ca.Posts: 4,458

1yd=3ft, 1sqyd=9sqft, 1cubic yd=27 cubic ft.

1 bag=1.5cubic ft so 1 cubic yd = 27/1.5=18 bags.

5.56 cubic yard = 5.56x18 = 100.08 bags.

So 100 bags will do, 101 bags for insurance.

10. ### Richard MartinLawnSite Fanaticfrom Greenville, NCPosts: 14,700

You got that one wrong because you didn't show your math...