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I eyeball it. anything under 10 yards and I have no problem. I finished a cleaunup the other day and the homeowner came out and asked for mulch. I eyeballed it at 15 yards. I knew I had time to measure it out so I did. Did the math and it came out to 14.5 yards. After you mulch an account one time you should make a note with the amount of mulch you used and use that number for next year.
i went to harbor frieght and got a measuring wheel for 15 bucks. I measure the length by the width. Take that for all the beds to get a total area for mulch beds. Then divide it by 160 which is the square feet per yard of mulch. That will give you an amount of yards to get.
Flower Bed 1:20 X 20
Flower Bed 2:4 X 4
Tree Line:60 X 12
Take the total of each and add them together.
400+16+720=1136 sq. ft.
1136/160(that's for 2 inches deep)=7.1 cubic yards
I do this for all my jobs unless i remember how much i used before. But i have gotten my self into tight spots when i didn't measure. Also, make sure that your mulch supplier sells 1 cubic yard. Cause i used on guy once and they sold it by 3/4 a cubic yard, and that really screwed me up!