Laying mulch????

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by muxx, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. muxx

    muxx LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone have an equation or some way to figure out how many yards of mulch to use on a job?? Or, do you just eye ball and guess? Any info would be great! Do you measure the beds?? If so, then what?? I have been guessing and so far so good but I am working on a large job and would appreciate any info..
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you do a search on "mulch" there are several threads that have links to nurseries with calculators for determining how much product you will need based on application depths and bed sizes.

    There are also many that explain some of the best ways for determining how to properly measure your beds, etc. etc.

    Best of luck!!!
  3. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    I remember that one now. Thanks Steve!!!

    Actually had it bookmarked once and then it got wiped out -LOL!!!

    Was trying to remember where/which site Id seen it, and didnt want to have to fess up to not being tidy in the office all the time -LOL!!!
  5. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have found that if the linear feet of the bed is divided by the width of a 2 cubic yard bag of mulch then divided by 2 and the average depth of the bed is divided by the length of the bag and subsequently divided by 2, the sum of these two calculatoins will give you adequate material on hand to create an uncompacted layer of mulch to a depth between 3-4 inches. Initially I quoted an additional 10% to be paid if needed just to cover my bases. I reduced it to 5% and now just quote what I come up with. I devised this before formulas were on mulch bags and before moving into the 20th century with internet access. We don't use bulk mulch anymore because of the extra labor and the Gestapo like homeowner associations that ticket residents if the mulch is not entirely dumped on the driveway. Also if you happen to get a Texas turd floater a good potion of the mulch may be found at the end of the street or further if there is a continous downhill grade.
  6. muxx

    muxx LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the website, it has helped out tremendously!!
  7. devildog

    devildog LawnSite Senior Member
    from sc
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    One yard will cover 200sf @ 2" depth. With Regards... devildog
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    yes that site is very helpful...I do boatloads of mulch installtion and what I have found works well in the field and is ez to remember is this: Measure the bed sq. footage. Most formulas say that 1 yard of mulch will cover about 115 sg ft 3 inches deep....for simplicity I say it covers a 100 sq ft.
    Example:: total sq ft of all the beds equals 900.
    900 / 100 = 9 yrds of mulch. But often 3 inches is not needed or should not be applied (too much mulch is a VERY BAD thing)

    so if you put down only 1 inch, then you are using two thirds less so reduce the 9 yrds needed by two thirds ...again this is not as precise as the actual formulas but I use it all the time to order more on the job site and it works for me
  9. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    That site will help alot, very interesting, like said before, this site makes this business a lot easier:cool:
  10. cutting edge

    cutting edge LawnSite Member
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