Whats your formulas?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by RickL1700, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. TheChiefsLawnCare

    TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    Ok, I'm really confused lol. I'm putting mulch down in a garden bed that is 21ft long by 8 feet deep. That's 168 sq ft. So I did the math earlier without the site and I came up with 28 3 cubic ft bags. However, I used this site http://www.gardenplace.com/content/calculator/mulch_calc.html#
    and they are telling me I only need 3 bags. That's just does not seem right. What do you guys think. I figured doing the mulch 6 in thick just so I don't under estimate.
  2. TheChiefsLawnCare

    TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    just to make sure I am doing this right. my formula is 21x8x1/2 which gives me 84 cubic feet. So if I figure each bag holds 3 cubic feet so I will divide 84 into 3 which gives me 28. So that would mean I need 28, 3 cubic feet bags of mulch. Someone tell me if I'm doing this wrong.
  3. TheChiefsLawnCare

    TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    nvm you can scratch that. i wasnt putting the right thickness in.
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Garbage in garbage out
  5. scottslawncareav

    scottslawncareav LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    why would you buy bags if you want 28 bags at 3 cuft a bag thats a little over 3 yards which you will get cheaper buy the scoop.
  6. mathteacherj

    mathteacherj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I use this for square footage of the yard.

    As far as the mulch beds, I just segments from walking it out and subtracting an approximate percentage to account for plants, etc.
  7. wz2p7j

    wz2p7j LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    A yard is a measure of volume. Nine square feet is a measure of area, so you can't convert one to the other.

    A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet.

  8. appalachianoutdoors

    appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Good to helpful tools at the top of the lawnsite.com homepage and there is a calculator to use unless it has been taken down. Hope this helps. :usflag:
  9. CozyHollow

    CozyHollow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    New Biz starting this Spring. I've been asking a lot of questions and read thru A LOT of these posts throughout. I'm from the NE and landscapers up here are charging $175.00 to cut an acre. 1/3 acre - $65.00. I see some here posting that they charge "per hour"? Now I'm going solo and plan to keep it that way...we'll see what the Biz does.

    Generally speaking, when giving an estimate, I will walk the property and let the customer know that I'm bidding for a cut, trim, edge and blow. Get that price down and then add hedge trimming, etc. if they desire.

    Now tell me if I'm wrong but when bidding on residential properties it's pretty much shooting from the hip, no? I mean I want to stay within the financial parameters of the industry and DO NOT want to be a fly by...I want to establish a reputable business that LAAAAASTS. So some here may want to thrash me to pieces for stating what I just did...all I'm doing is trying to GAIN as much knowledge so that I DO NOT under bid the industry and also DO NOT OVER price my customer.

    Any input is MUCH appreciated!
  10. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 861

    My input would be to start your own thread asking these questions. You said you searched but I am fairly sure there is over 1000 threads on the subjects you brought up. FYI-if your shooting from the hip with out years of experience you will be gone before you know it.

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