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How to Order Mulch by the Cubic Yard

How to Order Mulch by the Cubic Yard

How to Order Mulch by the Cubic Yard. Garden mulch stops weeds and helps your garden stay moist. According to the University of Florida, mulching provides many additional benefits, including the improvement of soil structure and tilth. Common types of mulching material include cypress mulch, wood chips, straw and peanut shells. You can purchase...

Garden mulch stops weeds and helps your garden stay moist. According to the University of Florida, mulching provides many additional benefits, including the improvement of soil structure and tilth. Common types of mulching material include cypress mulch, wood chips, straw and peanut shells. You can purchase mulch by the bag or by the cubic yard. One cubic yard covers an area that's 160 square feet, with a 2-inch deep layer of mulch.
Things You'll Need
Tape measure
Calculator
Measure the square footage of the area you want to mulch. Calculate square footage by multiplying the length and width. For example, if you have a flower bed that's 10 feet long by 4 feet wide, then 10 feet multiplied by 4 feet equals 40 square feet.
Decide how deep you want your mulch to be (in inches), and convert this number to a fraction of a foot. For example, if you want your mulch in your flower bed to be 2 inches deep, then 2 inches divided by 12 inches equals 1/6th of a foot, or, as a decimal, 0.1667th of a foot.
Multiply the fraction found in Step 2 by the square foot measurement found in Step 1. For example, 0.1667th of a foot multiplied by 40 square feet equals 6.668 cubic feet.
Divide your answer in Step 3 by 27, the number of cubic feet in a cubic yard. For example, 6.668 divided by 27 equals 0.247 cubic yards.
Tips & Warnings
For ordering small quantities of mulch, purchasing by the cubic yard may be more expensive. Check and compare prices for bulk and small bags before you buy.

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