Do you know how much soil and/or mulch you need?

Okay, so you've come up with the perfect design for your landscape project ... CONGRATS! You may even have already carefully selected the plantings. But do you know how much soil and/or mulch to place in your new beds? Don't panic! There is an easy calculation to determine how much material you will need to make your landscape creation perfect. 

Follow the calculation method below for each landscape area you have to fill in. 

____length (in feet) X ____width (in feet) =_____square feet 

____square feet X ____depth (in inches) divide by 12 then divide by 27 = CY (cubic yards)

How to Apply Mulch

Before applying any type of mulch to an area, it is best to weed the area. Spread a layer of mulching materials over the entire plant bed. Keep mulch 2 to 3 inches away from the stems of woody plants. This will prevent decay caused by wet mulch and rodent damage during the winter. 

Newly planted trees require a circle of mulch 3 to 4 feet in diameter. Maintain this for at least three years. Do not pile mulch against the trunk. For established trees in lawns create a circle of mulch about 2 feet in diameter for each inch of trunk diameter. Increase the size of the mulched area as the tree grows. Try to apply the mulch at least 6 to 12 inches beyond the drip-line of the tree. Because the root system can extend two to three times the crown spread of the tree, mulch as large an area as possible. 

Once you know how much material you will need, hop over to our Delivery page for our load sizes and their cost. If you don't feel comfortable making the calculations yourself, please give us a call and we'll calculate it over the phone with you; we will just need the measurements of your area when you call.