It may seem simple enough, just spreading mulch in your landscape, flower beds, garden, around trees and shrubs, but how do you know how much mulch you need?

Reliable Peat’s step by step guide can help you determine how much mulch you need to get the maximum benefits from all your hard work and get beautiful results.

Calculate how much mulch you will need

Figuring out how much mulch you will need isn’t always easy. You don’t want to get half way through the project to find you need more mulch to finish the job.

Typically, you want a good layer of mulch, about 3 inches deep. Maybe a little more if the area receives a lot of sun, weeds tend to be more aggressive in these sections.

The easiest way to determine how much mulch you need is to contact Reliable Peat. One of our trained technicians will be happy to help you. 

You can also use the mulch calculator from Stop Waste Mulch Calculator. 

First, measure the width and length of the area you want mulched in feet, then multiply them together to find the area in square feet.

Second, calculate how deep you want the mulch. Then multiply the area of square feet by the depth in inches. For example, if the square footage is 500 and you want it 3 inches deep, 500 x 3 = 1500

Third, divide the answer by 324 (since a single cubic yard of mulch will cover 324 square feet of ground that is one inch deep). Then round to the nearest whole number, 1500 / 324 = 5 cubic yards of mulch.

There are several types of mulch on the market.  There is the classic pine bark mulch, the deep rich red mulch, the whimsy of Cedar bark rock, natural feel of river rock, the elegant marble chips, and many more. We encourage you to stop by Reliable Peat, Winter Garden or Lake county location, to see our large selection of organic and inorganic mulches.