# mulching

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grass1, Mar 16, 2002.

1. ### grass1LawnSite Memberfrom Indianapolis,INMessages: 21

How do u guys figure out how many yards Of mulch to order for a job?? I always come up short thanks

2. ### stslawncareLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom DEMessages: 1,484

if u do the math right u shuold be right, always get a tab bit more

3. ### jaybird24LawnSite Senior Memberfrom midwestMessages: 623

it is supposed to be 1/yd will cover a10ftx10ft area 2" deep. I've found this to work out pretty well. Just figure how deep you need it to be and go from there. Get a good quality mulch that has been double shredded-- it spreads much easier and no chunks to try and hide thus saving you more time.

4. ### jbtLawnSite Memberfrom Seymour, TNMessages: 53

One yard of mulch, depending on how thick you spread it, will cover: 324 square feet at 1 inch thick or 262 square feet at 2 inches thick, or 108 square feet at 3 inches thick. New beds should be at least 3 inches thick

5. ### HarvestmanLawnSite Memberfrom zone sixMessages: 233

I always mulch to a depth of 1 1/2 in. So I take the total sq ft of the area and divide by 243. Harvestman

6. ### jaybird24LawnSite Senior Memberfrom midwestMessages: 623

Thanks jbt you're right I meant 3" will cover approximately 100 sq/ft. -- dont want to give out the wrong info

7. ### rodfatherLawnSite Fanaticfrom Clinton, NJMessages: 9,501

It's easy:

1. Estimate what you think you need.
And/or
2. Measure the areas.
And/or
3. Have someone else give you their estimate.

Done...

9. ### grass1LawnSite Memberfrom Indianapolis,INMessages: 21

thanks that helps out alot. What is the average amount of time u guys spend spreading a yard mulch thanks

10. ### LawnLadLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Cleveland, OhioMessages: 738

Depends on how far you have to move it. Such as from the truck or pile to the bed. We generally figure one to three man hour per yard of mulch. Completely open bed area near the pile/truck, less than one man hour. In perennial/annual beds with a lot of hand spreading, over two hours. Don't forget to figure in clean up time.