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Thursday, Aug. 25th 2016

Guest Post: Missouri Organic’s How to Calculate Mulch

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Mulch is not just for aesthetics, mulching is a very important part of maintaining a beautiful, healthy
landscape. It’s critical to maintaining constant soil temperature, keeping weeds under control, and
maintaining correct soil moisture in hot dry conditions.

Mulch comes in a variety, of colors and types, as well natural organic, and rock. Mulching with natural
wood products will allow the composting process to take place over time adding valuable organic matter
to your landscape. Rock is good for landscape that does not require a lot of maintenance.
Don’t know how much mulch you need? It’s simple. Measure the length, and the width of your
landscaping beds. This does not have to be exact. Just step it off. If you have curves and rounded beds
average all the spaces together. For example, if you have a bed that is 8 feet at the widest point, and 3
feet at the narrowest point, average it at 5.5 feet. Mulch should be applied at a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
Now for the Math: Length X Width X Depth divided by 27. Example 15-foot x 5.5 feet x .33inches. (Turn
the depth into a decimal, 4” = .33). = 27.22 cubic feet, divided by 27 = 1.00 cubic yard. See Easy!
Or for an even easer calculation, go to and click on Quick Quote.

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