# Calculating mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TJLC, Feb 21, 2001.

1. ### TJLCLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Port Charlotte, FLMessages: 1,308

What is the right way to calculate how much material is needed in irregular shaped beds? Thanks for any help.

2. ### StonehengeLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom MidwestMessages: 1,276

If you run a search on this topic there should be some good information in the thread history to help you. There was also a related thred recently about estimating odd shaped sodding areas. Run a search to find that one, too.

Otherwise, short of a few calculus calculations, you might try breaking the area into simple circles or rectangles as a basis for estimation.

3. ### kutnkruLawnSite Silver Memberfrom 93-04 (Zone5b) 05-now (Zone9a)Messages: 2,662

When a planter bed is an irregularly shaped(a pear), fit tha area to standard geometric shapes. Determine the area of all components, and add to obtain the total area.

The pear as an example:
The upper section can be divided into two right triangles and the lower section into two circles. find the individual areasof each, and then add all the areas to determine the total.

Hope this helps.
Kris