Mulch Figure

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DBLC, Jul 31, 2002.

  1. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Posts: 130

    I need some help with a good way to figure mulch. I currently measure my beds L times W times D. I am lost after that. Please help!! Thanks!!
     
  2. jkelton

    jkelton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    This is how I explain this to my potential customers:

    1. Measure area square footage
    2. Multiply number by depth (in feet)
    3. Divide number by 27 to obtain yardage
    Inch to feet conversion
    1"=0.083 feet
    2"=0.167 feet
    3"=0.250 feet
    4"=0.333 feet
    5"=0.417 feet
    6"=0.500 feet
    7"=0.583 feet
    8"=0.667 feet


    Example: One playground has two areas; one area is 40 ft by 60 ft rectangle; the other area is 25 ft by 35 ft. The depth of the mulch will be 4 inches. How mulch mulch will be needed?
    Solution: For the first area ¨ 40*60 = 2400 ft2. For the second area => 25*35 = 875 ft2. Add both areas together to obtain 3275 ft2. Multiply 3275 by the depth (in feet - see conversion chart above)¨ 3275*0.333 = 1080 ft3. Divide number by 27 to get yardage => 1080/27 = 40 yards
     
  3. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
    Posts: 130

    GREAT SOLUTION!!!! THANKS!!! I love lawnsite. This is really a great way for us ALL to work and help each other. I hope I get to help others!!!!!!!:D
     
  4. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 544

    and if your lazy like me you can go to www.tomsmulch.com and click on calculator...
     
  5. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    I have a mulch calculator spreadsheet that bids the job, and calcs cost while determining total material needs. If anyone would like a copy, jeff@ascapes.net.. may take a few days to turn around.
     

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