# Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by meathead1134, May 23, 2004.

1. ### meathead1134LawnSite Senior Memberfrom Attleboro MAMessages: 637

Question about mulch, How many square feet will 1 yard of mulch cover? I have had heard several different answers. Can you guys clear it up for me.

Ken

2. ### RedWingsDetLawnSite Gold Memberfrom DetroitMessages: 3,556

its a cubic yard. theres 3 ft in a yard, and 12inches in a ft. so its like 3ft wide x 3ft tall x 3ft long. but you would prolly want about 4in high. so figure 4.375 ft wide, 4.375 ft long and 3 inches high... im not sure, but i think my calculations are correct.

i may be wrong.

3. ### MudslinginFX4LawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Raleigh, NCMessages: 1,170

1 cu/yd will cover 100 sq. ft. to a depth of 3"

"Measure the total area (length x width) and divide by coverage area. Example; To cover a 20' wide by 40' long area with mulch or soil product: 20' x 40' =800 sq. ft. /100 =8 cu/yd needed."

4. ### meathead1134LawnSite Senior Memberfrom Attleboro MAMessages: 637

thanks a bunch!:blob3: I really wasn't to so but now I am all set

Ken

5. ### D FelixLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Putnam County, IndianaMessages: 1,898

100 square feet isn't the technically correct answer, but should get you close enough.

You are lucky, I'm in a good mood and won't rip on you too badly.

This question is asked enough that a search would have turned up the answer.

It's simple math:
Figure out your square footage.
Take square footage time depth desired (in feet, i.e. 3" = .25 feet).
That gives volume in cubic feet.
Divide that number by 27 to get cubic yards. There's 27 cubic feet per yard (3'x3'x3'=27 cubic feet).
There's your answer for any depth desired. It's really that simple.

Dan

6. ### MudslinginFX4LawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Raleigh, NCMessages: 1,170

This comes STRAIGHT off of the Mulch Masters price sheet and has always been real close for us. Who knows maybe people who sell mulch are wrong?

7. ### D FelixLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Putnam County, IndianaMessages: 1,898

If you do the math (in reverse):
27 cubic feet / .25 feet (depth) = 108 square feet

100 square feet is "close enough" for most things, but that additional 8 square feet can add up on larger jobs.

Dan

8. ### GreenMonsterLawnSite Silver Memberfrom NHMessages: 2,702

Dan,

Glad that your "replying to simple math questions Anger Management" class is going well.

We just need to work on "giving opinions on tacky landscape installs"