How do you figure?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tthomass, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    Curious how some of you caluclate your mulch to have an idea of what thickness you do. I usually do a yard for every 350ft2.
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    350 sf, that is less than an inch deep.

    A yard has 27 cubic feet (3'x3'x3').

    An inch is 0.0833 feet. So if you take a measurement of the area you want to cover and multiply by 0.0833, that is how much mulch you need in cubic feet for each inch of depth you want.

    If you want 2", multiply that by two, ....

    Then divide the number of cubic feet by 27 and that is how many yards you need.

    one yard =
    1" depth x 324 SF

    So you could just divide 324 and divide by how many inces thick you want to put it.

    This is always subject to how much mulch you are actually getting when you buy your mulch.
  3. bluediamond

    bluediamond LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Get your sq. footage (L x W) multiply that by the number of inches of mulch then divide by 324 (324 sq.ft. in a yard) that should give you a round about figure. 350 sq. ft. x 1 in. = 350, 350 divided by 324 = 1.08 yards aprox.
  4. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Also do a search for "mulch calculator". Someone posted a great one here some time back. It is in Excel format I beleive. Hope this helps.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    When you do get the information you need put it in a bid book so you can quickly refer back to it when you are doing other bids. This was a great times aver when I was doing landscape bids. Everything listed in unit price format, keeps you from second guessing yourself helps turn the bids out quickly.
  7. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  8. Primetime-SRQ

    Primetime-SRQ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Perfect... I was just searching tonight for this info. Thanks guys!!!
  9. jeffscap

    jeffscap LawnSite Member
    Male, from Western New York
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