# Pricing Mulch Jobs

#### willyB

##### LawnSite Member
Okay, I'm a total rookie at this, and I won't even pretend I know what I'm talking about. So please help me with this question.
I have the opportunity to pick up the bid for the lawn maintenance of a shopping center. There is not a great deal of mowing or trimming, but there are a bunch of little islands filled with bushes and mulch. There are also several large gardens with mulch and bushes. The question is, "How do you determine how much mulch you need?" I understand how to find square footage, but, "How do you do so when the beds have shrubs and bushes in them?" And how do you determine the amount when asked to spread the mulch 1 1/2" to 2" thick?

#### KMSLawn

##### LawnSite Member
Simple answer,for our business, square footage multiplied by the number of inches,divided by 12 (for a foot)(ie. 1.5"=1.25) total divided by 27 (cubic feet per cubic yard) equals yd3 needed. May be less but this works!

#### KathysLGC

##### LawnSite Bronze Member
I would do a search on the board with different titles such as Mulch volume and Mulch volume per yard. Change the search up and you should find your answer. You might want to invest in a measuring wheel. I got mine from Home cheapo for about \$50. and it helps out alot.

#### NCSULandscaper

##### Banned
Originally posted by KMSLawn
Simple answer,for our business, square footage multiplied by the number of inches,divided by 12 (for a foot)(ie. 1.5"=1.25) total divided by 27 (cubic feet per cubic yard) equals yd3 needed. May be less but this works!
Actually 1.5" is .125' not 1.25. Easiest was is take your length x width and divide by 100. That will give you plenty of extra so you do not have to stretch out your mulch at the end.

#### KMSLawn

##### LawnSite Member
Yeah, sorry, typo. But I do not understand why the divide by 100, if it is going to cause you to buy more material than needed? For example...200 ft2 bed divided by 100=2yd3. So you will go and purchase two yards of mulch @ a cost of \$15-\$30 per yard. But, in actuality for 1.5" it comes out to less than 1 yd3. Small savings in this scenario, but go to 2000 ft2 and you are talking a 10 yd3 difference, that will hit the pocket book!

#### LawnScapers of Dayton

##### LawnSite Silver Member
Harbor Freight has measuring wheels for less than \$30.

L and W are in feet.....

L x W x .08 for 1"
.125 for 1.5"
.17 for 2"
.21 for 2.5"
.25 for 3"

#### NCSULandscaper

##### Banned
Because you divide by 100 for 2-3" coverage. Thats the amount i put down each time. divide by 81 if you want 4" depth and 300 for a 1" depth. Its nothin but the sq. ft a yrd of mulch will go at the certain depths. Takes out some of the calculations.