A lot of mulch. Help!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by luv2fly, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. luv2fly

    luv2fly LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Messages: 46

    I'm putting in a bid on a major steak house chain. After I measured the property I came up with 4487 sq ft of area for mulch. The company I buy my mulch from converted that to 400 yds of mulch at 2in thick. My question is does that number sound to big? I have never put in a bid on a property this size. I guess I have size shock at the amount of mulch that is required.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    They are way off. Those measurements come to 28.26 yards. Trying to put it down at only 2 inches is gonna be kind of tough btw. Install it at 3 inches instead. That will be give ya almost 42 yards to put down.
  3. 2menandamower

    2menandamower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 247

    I have always used the formula that 1 yd will cover 80sf of are at 3"-4" thick. If you are only going 2" think I would think that 1 yd would cover 160sf??? By that math you are looking at alot less than 400YDS???? You might want to do the math again....

  4. kaufmaninc

    kaufmaninc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    You need 28 yards of mulch.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Your mulch company needs someone who's a little better with math btw. :laugh:
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    Yea 400 yards is unreal, I would get someone to blow 400 yards in with a truck mounted blower. Doing 400 yards any other way is silly, unless we have a drought and you need work to keep the guys busy.
  7. petekief

    petekief LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    4487 square feet / 9 square feet per square yard = 498.5555 square yards
    2" Depth = 2" / 36" per yard = .05555555 yards deep
    498.5555 square yards X .0555555 yards deep = 27.69 cubic yards @ 2"
    3" depth = 3" / 36" per yard = .083333333 yards deep
    498.5555 square yards X .08333333 yards deep = 41.5461 cubic yards @ 3"
    30 yards at 2"
    45 yards at 3"
    it's a chain????
    4487 square feet seems like it might be one location to me
    your talking about an area thats basicaly 45 x 100 ft???
    23 x 200????
    5 x 1000
    How Many stores???
  8. lawnworker

    lawnworker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 897

    41.54 Rodfather has it right at 42 @ three inches.
  9. luv2fly

    luv2fly LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Messages: 46

    Thank you everbody,

    I really do appreciate it. I thought 400yds seemed like a lot of mulch. No wonder they were smiling when I left.


    Thanks, for the formula. Right now it's just one store.

  10. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    LxWxH/27= cubic yards Dont forget to convert height to inches(.0833 = 1 inch)

    4,486 x 1 x .1666(2 in.) = 747.3676/ 27 = 27.7 yards.

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