measuring flower beds for mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ktfinch2000, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. ktfinch2000

    ktfinch2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Just wondering how you guys figure for mulch. I am in the process of figuring an estimate for mulch. All the beds are shaped so do you take the largest dims of the bed? I have one bed on his property thats 98'x15' but it flairs in to 8' or so here and there. Should I figure it at 98'x15' (9 yards @ 2" thick) or do you guys have a different method. thanks in advance
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    "cut" the bed into individual measurments instead of one bif measurement. Also, keep in mind the types of plants in the flowerbeds. If there is a large amount of groundcover or large shrubs that have leaves to the ground you won't need as much mulch as opposed to a bulb garden or annual garden which you will need to mulch the entire area.
  3. jsw2008

    jsw2008 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I always would rather have too much mulch than not enough. So I sort of average the width of the bed to get a ballpark figure. And if your mulch yard is like mine, you could probably get 8 yds and by the time they load your trailer with the bucket heaping over, you'll have 8.5 yds anyway. I got 1 yd today for a small job, and I swear it must have been a 1.5 - 2 yds judging by the time it took me to spread it.
  4. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,305

    yep go with 8 yards, i agree with jsw.
  5. ExtExc

    ExtExc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Without seeing a pic and not knowing the shrub/flower layout...

    On a new bed I like 2.5 to 3 inches so that's roughly 100 per sq yd

    Assuming its somewhere near 50/50 width of 15 ft and 9ft I would add those together and divide by two. So I would get total sq footage with 98 by 12= 1176. I would get 10 yards and go back for extra if need be.

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