 # How Much Mulch Should I Buy?

Sometimes it can be hard to determine how much mulch you should buy and end up making multiple trips to the store or worse, having too much! Give our simple method a try to avoid not having enough or having too much.

First of all, mulches are typically sold by the cubic foot, so you will want to know the number of cubic feet of mulch to buy.

First, determine the square footage of the area you want to mulch by measuring it.

Determine how deep mulch should be by going with gardening experts’ recommendation of a 2- to 4-inch layer.

Multiply the square footage of your area to be mulched by the number of inches of mulch you want to apply. Then divide that number by 12, as a cubic foot of mulch will cover 12-square feet with about 1-inch of mulch.

Example: You have determined that the area(s) you want to mulch is 950-square feet. You’ve decided on a 2-inch deep layer of mulch for your space, so 950-square feet x 2 = 1,900.

1,900 divided by 12 is 158.3 (round up to the nearest whole number). So you will need to get approximately 158-cubic feet of mulch, in that example.

Tip: You want mulched spaces to be able to “breathe.” Don’t spread denser mulches, such as sawdust and wood chip blends, deeper than 3-inches to allow air to circulate. If you are spreading coarser barks, don’t go deeper than 6-inches.