# What is the formula for mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by JCLawn and more, Apr 5, 2010.

1. ### JCLawn and moreLawnSite Fanaticfrom MIMessages: 5,274

Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Does that sound right for 3 inches of mulch?

2. ### Southern PrideLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom MemphisMessages: 1,382

3" is overkill in my opinion, unless they specifically asked for it.

3. ### CrashLawnSite Memberfrom Mid MichiganMessages: 192

You need to put down atleast 3" in a new bed. If you're topdressing, 1-2" is fine. If you put down less than 3" you'll just be back next year doin it again. Most people up here want 3".

4. ### Southern PrideLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom MemphisMessages: 1,382

Oh, well that's exactly why I do it. This = more \$. This is also why I spray my roundup to last a month, so I keep getting paid.

I go about 1.5-2" unless the customer specifically wants otherwise

5. ### JCLawn and moreLawnSite Fanaticfrom MIMessages: 5,274

I have 3 so I don't end up short, and most of her flower beds are bare. I spray round up every week when I mow at a couple of places, if I see a weed, I spray it. Is my formula right though? I don't want to screw up. Preen works really well too.

6. ### rusty_keg_3LawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Toledo, OhioMessages: 1,469

Ok, find the area... So lets say its 20x10, and they want it 2" thick...

Well, you need the volume... And 2" is 2/12 of a foot or 1/6= .16

20 take your area (200 sq ft) and multiply by thickness (.16)... 200x .16= 32

So thats 32 cu ft, but they sell bulk mulch by the cu yd whic is 3x3x3 ft...

So thats 27 cu ft per yd...

You would need 1.18 yds and i add in 10% for error... so 1.18x 1.1= 1.298 yds...

Thicknesses Guide ... (The number you multiply by your sq ft, then divide by 27)
1"= 0.83 ft
2"= 0.16 ft
3"= 0.25 ft
4"= 0.33 ft

7. ### JCLawn and moreLawnSite Fanaticfrom MIMessages: 5,274

Length x width x 3/12 divided by 3. Is that right or wrong, that is what I am asking. I have not got a yes or no on it.

8. ### JCLawn and moreLawnSite Fanaticfrom MIMessages: 5,274

that seems screwed up. 4 inches is not .33ft and 1 inch is not .83 feet.

9. ### AI IncLawnSite Fanaticfrom Southern NHMessages: 26,433

length x width x .25 divided by 27

10. ### JCLawn and moreLawnSite Fanaticfrom MIMessages: 5,274

it is 27? hum. ok