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Mulch Math

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kerrigan, Oct 20, 2002.

  1. kerrigan

    kerrigan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Hi Guys,

    Not sure if I am posting this in the wright area but giving it a try anyway. I am in the middle of putting a bid together for a possible client for next season. I have the cutting, trimming, blowing, edging, and shrub trimming under control for the bid mu question ishow do I take x amount of feet and convert it to yards. like 3 feet deep by 168 feet long. I usually just put mulch down than bill customer. This client wants a more detailed bid packet.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    If I remember right its your total sq ft divided by 9. Don't quote me but I think that gives you your sq. yards. Been awhile since algebra.

  3. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    Mulch in lawn care forum? Try landscaping.

    There are 27 cubic ft in a yd. Take your square feet of beds, figure how deep you want the mulch, calculate that in cubic feet, and then convert to yds. Or you could find your cost and know that it takes $.xx per sqft to put down mulch at 3 in.
  4. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    do a search!! this has been discussed before. iin the search you will find links to other websites with calculators on them and also all the formulas.
  5. kerrigan

    kerrigan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Thanks I did a search first and found nothing. If any one knows these calculator sites that would be great.
  6. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    read my post and get a calculator. Its so easy, i want to reach through and slap you.
  7. f350

    f350 Banned
    from mi
    Messages: 424

    hey mac, know your role buddy.
  8. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    Multiply your length of bed times the width of bed in feet, then divide that number by 108 to figure how many cubic yards of mulch you need to cover your bed to a depth of 3".

    For example....in your case 168' x 3' = 504 sq. ft.

    divide 504 by 108 = 4.66 cubic yds. of mulch

    If you wanted to go 4" deep, you would divide by 81 instead of 108

    If you wanted to go 6" deep, you would divide by 54.

    Usually 3" is a good figure, and in this case you need 4.66 yds. of mulch (get 5 and make sure you have enough that way)
  9. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

  10. kerrigan

    kerrigan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Thanks everbody, including the cocky guy . I got the bid complete with all of your help.:D

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