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Mulch Coverage

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Tony S, Aug 23, 2000.

  1. Tony S

    Tony S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    How may square feet can one yard of mulch cover if I put it down at a 2" depth?

  2. PRapoza451

    PRapoza451 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    162 s.f.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    That's exactly right. 162 sq. ft.
  4. Tony S

    Tony S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

  5. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Heres an approximate coverage chart we keep in the office. Its pretty close, and if anything it overestimates, so you'll never run low. You can cut and paste this into word and print it out. Hope this helps!!


    3 yards of soil 3/4" deep covers 1,000 sq. ft.
    1 yard of soil 3" deep covers 100 sq. ft.


    1 yard of mulch 4" deep covers 80 sq. ft.
    1 yard of mulch 3" deep covers 100 sq. ft.
    1 yard of mulch 2" deep covers 150 sq. ft.


    1 yard of MOST crushed rocks is approximately 1.25 tons.

    I have more stuff, and after I put this here I decided to stop and ask if anyone wants to post the formulas so people can learn how to do it instead of having to ask. Lemme know!!

  6. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,211

    Length x Width x Depth = Cubic Feet

    1 Cubic Yard = 27 Cubic Feet so

    Total Cubic Feet divided by 27 = Cubic Yards

    So to answer the first post: 27 Cubic feet divided by .167 (2" is .167 of a foot) = 161.7 square feet

    If you know the area and the depth that you need to cover, and want to know how much material to get:
    Length x Width x Depth divided by 27 = Cubic Yards needed.

    Just convert the depth from inches to a fraction of a foot.

    Here's the numbers so you don't have to do the math
    1" = .083ft, 2" = .167ft, 3" = .25ft, 4" = .333ft,
    5" = .417ft, 6" = .5ft, 7" = .583ft, 8" = .667ft,
    9" = .75ft, 10" = .833, 11" = .917, 12" is a secret;)

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