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how much mulch to use?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grassmasterswilson, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,966

    I know that mulch is mostly sold by cubic yard, but my last couple of jobs I have been coming up short. It could be that a scoop of mulch isn't really 1 cubic yard(may go to bags)

    My question.... if you were doing a first time bed.... How many square feet are you using per cubic yard? What if mulch was already there and you were "freshing it up?"

    So far I have 144 sq ft = 1 cubic yard 2 inches deep I think.
  2. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

  3. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    one yard should cover 144 easy.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I always think spread THIN!
    You're sure as heck better off with some left over, look here you can always spread left over right quick here and there lalala and be done, way better than ooops dang I'm short again. Not to make you leave crappy looking mulch beds, but thinking THIN keeps me from running out.

    Now likely once or twice you will spread too thin but don't worry about it, you'll get better in time.

    Hope that helps.
  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    How much mulch you get per yard charged varies from supplier to supplier.
  6. mULcHmAN.wLs

    mULcHmAN.wLs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I always encourage getting a yard more than you estimate, just for instances like this.
  7. Allamericanlandscaping

    Allamericanlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    exactly, more is better, i just finished a job where i had an extra yard an a half, sold it to my neighbor good deal.
  8. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    You may want to check into what size buckets your supplier is using. I was going to a guy who's "yard" was literally half of what I get now for a yard, and his prices were more!
  9. mULcHmAN.wLs

    mULcHmAN.wLs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Yikes....Yeah, I would take a look at your supplier's bucket before you start doing business, and also watch them load one time to make sure they're getting it full. Then once you trust them, no worries.....
  10. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    No, watch them everytime! Just because you see them do it right once, doesn't mean they always will!

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