What is the formula for mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by JCLawn and more, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Does that sound right for 3 inches of mulch?
     
  2. Southern Pride

    Southern Pride LawnSite Bronze Member
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    3" is overkill in my opinion, unless they specifically asked for it.
     
  3. Crash

    Crash LawnSite Member
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    You need to put down atleast 3" in a new bed. If you're topdressing, 1-2" is fine. If you put down less than 3" you'll just be back next year doin it again. Most people up here want 3".
     
  4. Southern Pride

    Southern Pride LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh, well that's exactly why I do it. This = more $. This is also why I spray my roundup to last a month, so I keep getting paid.

    I go about 1.5-2" unless the customer specifically wants otherwise :walking:
     
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have 3 so I don't end up short, and most of her flower beds are bare. I spray round up every week when I mow at a couple of places, if I see a weed, I spray it. Is my formula right though? I don't want to screw up. Preen works really well too.
     
  6. rusty_keg_3

    rusty_keg_3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ok, find the area... So lets say its 20x10, and they want it 2" thick...

    Well, you need the volume... And 2" is 2/12 of a foot or 1/6= .16

    20 take your area (200 sq ft) and multiply by thickness (.16)... 200x .16= 32

    So thats 32 cu ft, but they sell bulk mulch by the cu yd whic is 3x3x3 ft...

    So thats 27 cu ft per yd...

    You would need 1.18 yds and i add in 10% for error... so 1.18x 1.1= 1.298 yds...

    Thicknesses Guide ... (The number you multiply by your sq ft, then divide by 27)
    1"= 0.83 ft
    2"= 0.16 ft
    3"= 0.25 ft
    4"= 0.33 ft
     
  7. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Is that right or wrong, that is what I am asking. I have not got a yes or no on it.
     
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    that seems screwed up. 4 inches is not .33ft and 1 inch is not .83 feet.
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    length x width x .25 divided by 27
     
  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    it is 27? hum. ok
     

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