Do you guys always measure flowerbeds for much, or can you just eyeball it?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TheKingNJ, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I’m talking 10 – 20 yards, not 2 yard. I’ve only been in business 4 years and I gave up measuring the beds out 2 years ago. I’m sure you guys will look down upon me for doing this but I often feel that perfect calculations take too long and if I’m + or – a yard its ok. I usually overestimate it so I don’t beat myself out of money but I’ve been short a few times. Sometimes I’ll charge the customer for it, sometimes I will but the 18 bucks and time I loose if I’m short.

    Do you always measure it.
  2. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

  3. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    I can eyeball it pretty exactly. For a while I'd measure it out just to double-check myself, but when it kept turning out that my eye was just as accurate as my measuring wheel, I stopped measuring. I don't think I've ever been off by more than half a yard...and I can't even remember the last time that happened...
  4. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    precision is a good word then for you
  5. Adam's Lawn and Garden

    Adam's Lawn and Garden LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    I've started measuring it just because i have been VERY short on a couple. Plus, any jobs i have bidded on this year are between 10-127 yards of mulch.

  6. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    eyeball it most of the time sometimes ill measure
  7. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 223

    just wondering, what is "pretty exactly"?
  8. vtscaper

    vtscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    Your eyes will prob be more reliable. Unless your doing square and rectangle beds the time you take getting sq footage isnt worth it and is rarely exact.
  9. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    If you really think about it, you can be off by 30% and make it work. It does not take a genius or laser eye. If you guestimate 3" of mulch,and order 20 yards when you really needed 30, you'll probably stretch it out by thinning it to 2". You might not even realize you are doing it.
  10. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Any job over 15 YARDS WE MEASURE. Under that we eyeball and add 15%. Works good for us.

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