How To Determine How Much Mulch Is Needed

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 1MajorTom, May 29, 2004.

  1. Kleen Kutz

    Kleen Kutz LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ama,La
    Messages: 1,613

    Ok, do soil works out the same way also? Or what if your using 60 3 cubic bag of mulch. How much soil do you needed at 2" dept.
  2. grass life #1

    grass life #1 LawnSite Member
    from Gpt,ms
    Messages: 74

  3. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,912

    I had a customer hire a guy and he told me the guy put down 8 yards of mulch. Now unless they went and got more I don't see them having put down anymore than 5 yards. They had a 7x12ft single axle trailer with about 1ft high siding around it plus what you could put in the truck.
  4. steven's noy

    steven's noy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    ok so let me get this right. i have a bed the is 75 by 9 so the math problem would be
    75*9*.3/324=0.625 is that right???
  5. MissionViejoLandscaping

    MissionViejoLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the tip! This will definitely help out in the future!
  6. Doug Green

    Doug Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I measure sq footage. Then put into mulch calculator. I also think of 1 yard of mulch being equal to 1 parking spot covered 3'' deep with mulch. We do a lot of mulch jobs, check them out at
  7. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 3,508

    Soil uses the same formulas. Bags are sold by the cubic foot, not the cubic yard.

    There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard.

    60 bags of 3 cubic feet = 180 cubic feet total. 180 cubic feet = 6.67 cubic yards, (180 divided by 27).

    One cubic yard will cover 162 square feet at a 2" depth.

    6.67 cubic yards will cover 1080.54 square feet at a 2" depth. (6.67 x 162' =1080.54')
    60 bags, 3 cubic ft will cover 1080.54 square feet at a 2" depth.
  8. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,336

    Just guess it long. :laugh:
  9. CountryGirl67

    CountryGirl67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

  10. Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC

    Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    I upsell dyed mulch at $50/yard all day long + install it computes to $95/yard installed:) I'm probably right in the middle of the market in my area. The trick is to find a supplier that lets it go for $20/yard:):):)... or $18

    For mulch jobs what do you guys do in terms of operations?
    1) remove existing weeds
    2) trim/cut shrubs (if part of the job)
    3) remove old mulch
    4) re-define the bed edges (2-3" trench)
    5) pre-emergent application
    6) dump and spread new mulch
    7) sweep off hard surfaces
    8) collect the rest of yo-money

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