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Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by meathead1134, May 23, 2004.

  1. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 637

    Question about mulch, How many square feet will 1 yard of mulch cover? I have had heard several different answers. Can you guys clear it up for me.


    Ken
     
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    its a cubic yard. theres 3 ft in a yard, and 12inches in a ft. so its like 3ft wide x 3ft tall x 3ft long. but you would prolly want about 4in high. so figure 4.375 ft wide, 4.375 ft long and 3 inches high... im not sure, but i think my calculations are correct.

    i may be wrong.
     
  3. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    1 cu/yd will cover 100 sq. ft. to a depth of 3"

    "Measure the total area (length x width) and divide by coverage area. Example; To cover a 20' wide by 40' long area with mulch or soil product: 20' x 40' =800 sq. ft. /100 =8 cu/yd needed."
     
  4. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 637

    thanks a bunch!:blob3: I really wasn't to so but now I am all set

    Ken
     
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    100 square feet isn't the technically correct answer, but should get you close enough.

    You are lucky, I'm in a good mood and won't rip on you too badly.:)

    This question is asked enough that a search would have turned up the answer.

    It's simple math:
    Figure out your square footage.
    Take square footage time depth desired (in feet, i.e. 3" = .25 feet).
    That gives volume in cubic feet.
    Divide that number by 27 to get cubic yards. There's 27 cubic feet per yard (3'x3'x3'=27 cubic feet).
    There's your answer for any depth desired. It's really that simple.


    Dan
     
  6. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170


    This comes STRAIGHT off of the Mulch Masters price sheet and has always been real close for us. Who knows maybe people who sell mulch are wrong? :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  7. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    If you do the math (in reverse):
    27 cubic feet / .25 feet (depth) = 108 square feet

    100 square feet is "close enough" for most things, but that additional 8 square feet can add up on larger jobs.


    Dan
     
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    Dan,

    Glad that your "replying to simple math questions Anger Management" class is going well.

    We just need to work on "giving opinions on tacky landscape installs"

    :D :D :D :waving:
     

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