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Quick landscape question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by promower, Jun 4, 2003.

  1. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    2 Questions.

    #1 Customer wants mulch removed from her beds and replaced with stone. About 100 square feet. How do I calculate the amount I should get in yards. Figuring it will be about 2-3 in depth.

    #2 To remove mulch then replace with stone how long do you think this will take. This is kind of a broad question, but I can park very close to where the work will done and I can bring all the stone at once. I was thinking about 4 hours.

    I mostly just do lawn work I've never put down any stone.
    Thanks for any help. Matt-
  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    I work with metric so Im figuring 100sq' is around 9m2 ..3" thick or 7.5cm is around .7m3 of rock .. around one cubic yard.
    You will need to put down landscape fabric if your using rock.

    I'd probably go around 3 hours for taking out the old mulch and prepping the area ..around 2 for the fabric and rock .. another 2 for general conditions ..travel and cleanup.

    for the future ... 100 sq' x .25 (that's your 3" or .25 of a foot ) = 25
    25divided by 27 to give your cubic yards = .9259 round it off to 1cubic yd.
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    justt to reiterate what Kris said,

    1 yard will cover 100sqft when laid 3" deep.
  4. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    Alright, thanks. Help was much appreciated and the knowledge of figuring out future material needs.
  5. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    Why not just lay the fabric down on top of the mulch and then lay the stone on top of that? That way when you lay the rock down it won't compact the soil as much. Just a thought.
  6. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790


    Can you do that?

    I have 2 similar situations like that right now and I always try to keep the costs as low as possible. On the smaller job, I have to replace river rock with small lava rock. On the large job, I have to replace mulch with rock. If I do not have to remove the existing medium, then there will be less labor charges. I was of the understanding that it was not recommended. (kind of like reshingling your roof: you can usually add another layer, but better to start fresh)

    Most of my business is mowing, so I am very open to ideas about landscaping.

    Have you done this?
  7. idugaholez

    idugaholez LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    In answer to your question about going over existing mulch or stone the answer is YES, depending upon how thick the exsisting mulch/stone is. If the Mulch is pretty thick, then I'd remove it, but if it is pretty well gone, put a weed barrier, and put the stone over it.

  8. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

  9. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I'd give a boot in the butt to a pro that charged me 3 hours cleanup for a 10'x10' mulch area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yikes :blob3: :blob4: :blob1: :blob2:
  10. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Mike, I agree - I was estimating 3 1/2 hrs, total - start to finish.

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