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Best way to measure out mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by OrangeToys, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    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?
  2. Lawn Outfitters

    Lawn Outfitters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I use a wheel for accuracy. Once a property has been measured, the numbers go on the customer file. Also help to price it more accurately.
  3. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    thats what I would like to do but they are so expensive
  4. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    After awhile you can just eye ball it, until you get into the huge jobs.
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    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
  6. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    My point exactly, little too tough to get an idea just by looking at that baby.:dizzy:
  7. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    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.

  8. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    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.
  9. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

  10. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 996

    a yard of mulch will cover 324 sq. ft. at 1" thick.
    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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