measuring beds for mulch

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JML, Mar 29, 2000.

  1. JML

    JML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    what is the best way to measure beds for mulching, since not one bed is a perfect circle? thanks<p>joe
  2. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    Best I have ever done is to pace them off and try to relate to 100 sq. ft. increments. One yard of mulch will cover 100 ft at a 3 inch depth. Most beds are way too irregular to be able to measure them reliably.
  3. cjcland

    cjcland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    measure it as a square it wont hurt to have extra mulch you can either putit deeper or you can use it somewhere else <p>----------<br>CJC Landscape Management<br>Winter Haven, Florida
  4. TPC

    TPC LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 71

    this brings up an interesting question,how many prefer bags over bulk,and how many sq.feet do you figure a 2cubic feet bag will do at say 3&quot;....i want to see if my calculations are correct at 8sqf<p>Tim<p>CCLC<br>
  5. cjcland

    cjcland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    bulk will save you alot of money and its usually loaded by a tractor rather than bags wich you will load by hand<p>----------<br>CJC Landscape Management<br>Winter Haven, Florida
  6. TPC

    TPC LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 71

    I know that but think about the clean up that you save,,,I once did a job that required 7 yards of designer cypress mulch<br>and did it in 3 hours with 3 people 2 dropping and one with his thumb up his ***..<br>
  7. tjg

    tjg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I like the bags, bulk:you have to store it in a large space and is not as easly handled I think as bags and if you leave a job and have extra it is in the bags and not in a pile that cannot be move around a easy.I buy it by the pallet and store it in the shop out of rain and sunshine. Just my idea. <p>----------<br>T.J. Greenfield<br>
  8. cjcland

    cjcland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    how much bulk are you talking about i was thinking like 2-3 yards i dont have any accts that require more than that<p>----------<br>CJC Landscape Management<br>Winter Haven, Florida
  9. CLM1

    CLM1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I try to measure my beds as close to a workable shape as possible, ie. square, rectangle, triangle or circle. figure the area and convert to cu. yds. depending on the depth you are after.<br>Here's an example for a bed 30'x 23'= 690'sq.<br>Take 690 and multiply by .33 (4&quot; depth/.25 3&quot; depth) 690x.33=227.7 now divide 227.7 by 27 = 8.43 cu.yd.
  10. moonarrow

    moonarrow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    TPC your calculations are right a 2 cubic bag will cover8 sq. ft. at 3&quot; thick, 1 cubic yard- 3&quot; thick- 108 sq. ft.<p>----------<br>Dale<br>Southern lawn and Landscape

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