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How many bags?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by michindi, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. michindi

    michindi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Hey all! I am brand new to the business and to this web site. I have a ton of questions for all you experts. But for now I want to ask this one. I need about 4.5 yards of mulch. I want to buy bags of mulch instead of bulk. So I want to know how many bags of mulch do I need and how do i figure this out. I plan on doing alot of mulching so i could use all the info i can get...Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    A CUBIC YARD is 27 Cubic FEET. A cubic YARD will spread 3 to 4 inches deep over 100 SQUARE FEET. I've seen bagged mulch in 2 CU. FEET and in 3 Cu. FEET bags. So you need to check and see what you are buying. But if you are buying 3 Cu Ft bags, you will need 9 of them for 1 cubic yard. So 4.5 (yards) x 9 = 40.5 bags (3 cu. Ft.)

    Hope this helps.

    Mike
     
  3. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    another note on buying in bags-i am not sure your strategy to buying in all bags but make sure you find a good wholesale spot where you can get a good deal on bagged mulch. otherwise, your overhead will be through the roof buying by the bag.
     
  4. eric22

    eric22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    one bag will cover about the size of the bag if you a 4-5 inches
     
  5. michindi

    michindi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Thanks Grassbusters...... Im not really set on useing bags. I have not checked on prices yet for bulk, but the cheapest 2 cu feet of red mulch i could find is $2.47 a bag. I am very new to this so im checking out all my options.
     
  6. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,227

    18.50
     
  7. Ground Effects NH

    Ground Effects NH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

  8. michindi

    michindi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Thanks alot for that web site it does help. Can someone tell me the formula to figure out how many sq feet are in a cubic foot. This might be a stupid answer but I am in the learning process of this whole thing. I used that web site and it said I need 41 bags of 3 cubic foot bags, but the bags around here are only 2 cubic ft.
     
  9. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,227

    length x width x hiegth gives you the square
     
  10. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    Length x width x height gives you CUBIC Feet.

    1 CUBIC YARD equals 27 CUBIC FEET (3x3x3=27)

    27 CUBIC FEET (1 CU Yard) will do about 100 SQ feet 3 to 4 inches deep!

    4.5 CU yards x (27 cu feet divided by 2 cu ft bag = 13.5 bags per yard) = # of 2 cu ft bags needed SO.......

    4.5 x 13.5 = 60.75 bags and since most stores won't sell you .75 of a bag go with 60 or 61.

    60 x $2.47 = $148.20

    Buying in bulk is usually MUCH CHEAPER if you can handle it.

    Mike
     

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