Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grass1, Mar 16, 2002.

  1. grass1

    grass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    :confused: :confused: How do u guys figure out how many yards Of mulch to order for a job?? I always come up short thanks
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    if u do the math right u shuold be right, always get a tab bit more
  3. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    it is supposed to be 1/yd will cover a10ftx10ft area 2" deep. I've found this to work out pretty well. Just figure how deep you need it to be and go from there. Get a good quality mulch that has been double shredded-- it spreads much easier and no chunks to try and hide thus saving you more time.
  4. jbt

    jbt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    One yard of mulch, depending on how thick you spread it, will cover: 324 square feet at 1 inch thick or 262 square feet at 2 inches thick, or 108 square feet at 3 inches thick. New beds should be at least 3 inches thick
  5. Harvestman

    Harvestman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I always mulch to a depth of 1 1/2 in. So I take the total sq ft of the area and divide by 243. Harvestman
  6. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    Thanks jbt you're right I meant 3" will cover approximately 100 sq/ft. -- dont want to give out the wrong info
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    It's easy:

    1. Estimate what you think you need.
    2. Measure the areas.
    3. Have someone else give you their estimate.


    BOTURF LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. grass1

    grass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    :D thanks that helps out alot. What is the average amount of time u guys spend spreading a yard mulch thanks :confused:
  10. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    Depends on how far you have to move it. Such as from the truck or pile to the bed. We generally figure one to three man hour per yard of mulch. Completely open bed area near the pile/truck, less than one man hour. In perennial/annual beds with a lot of hand spreading, over two hours. Don't forget to figure in clean up time.

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