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Best way to measure out mulch?

OrangeToys

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
SW MO
How do you all get your measurement for how many yards you will need on mulch installs? Do you step it off, use a wheel, what?
 
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OrangeToys

OrangeToys

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
SW MO
thats what I would like to do but they are so expensive
 

KrayzKajun

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Harvey,LA
most yards i can eyeball now. now the one im bidding ths week i had to break out the wheel and measure it out.
came out to about 3500sqft or 40yds
 

corey4671

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Somewhere in TN
Always use a measuring wheel. No reason to risk leaving money on the table. New install of mulch is 1yd.= 80 sq. ft. That is 6-8in. deep, recommended by most nurseries for new plants. top dress, 1yd.=120 sq. ft. at about 4in. deep.
Hope this helps.

WW
sorry...but whatever reason, those calculations just threw me for a loop. :confused:

A yard is 27 cu ft is it not? If so, your first calculation at 80 sq ft at 8 in or .75 ft would be 60 cu ft or 2.222222 cu yards. Did I do that correctly? Someone help me out here if I'm wrong.
 

IN2MOWN

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Shawnee Kansas

Raymond S.

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Michigan
a yard of mulch will cover 324 sq. ft. at 1" thick.
example:
75' x 10' = 750 sq. ft.
750 x 3" of mulch = 2250
2250 / 324 = 6.95 yds. of mulch. (7 yds)

or you can do
750 / 324 = 2.3
2.3 x #of inches (3) = 6.95
 
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