# How many bags?

#### michindi

##### LawnSite Member
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.

#### GrassBustersLawn

##### LawnSite Senior Member
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

#### proenterprises

##### LawnSite Silver Member
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.

#### eric22

##### LawnSite Member
one bag will cover about the size of the bag if you a 4-5 inches

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#### michindi

##### LawnSite Member
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.

18.50

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#### michindi

##### LawnSite Member
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.

#### Norm Al

##### LawnSite Bronze Member
length x width x hiegth gives you the square

#### GrassBustersLawn

##### LawnSite Senior Member
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