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Mulch keeps moisture in the soil and moderates soil temperature. Mulch also reduces erosion and weeds. Mulch is often sold in bags, by the yard or by the truckload. Organic mulches produced by nature make an attractive, natural mulch and are free! Think of it as nature’s great design of providing low-maintenance, free root protection! Mulch is a great option for preventing bare spots from foot traffic and keeping soil in place, but should not be placed in areas where runoff from storms will wash the mulch away.
By the bag:
1 bag containing 2 cubic feet covers 8 square feet (2 ft. X 4 ft.)
By the bale:
1 bale of pine straw covers 18 to 20 square feet.
By the yard:
1 cubic yard covers 108 square feet (9 ft. x 12 ft.)
By the truckload:
1 mini pickup holds 1½ yards and covers 162 square feet (9 ft. x 18 ft.)
1 full-sized pickup holds 2½ yards and covers 270 square feet (9 ft. x 30 ft.)
If you are buying bags containing 2 cubic feet of mulch, you can use the following chart to determine how many bags you need:
|Size of plant bed||Depth of mulch|
|in square feet (sq. ft.)
||2 inches||3 inches||4 inches|
|25 sq. ft.||2 bags||3 bags||4 bags|
|50 sq. ft.||4 bags||6 bags||9 bags|
100 sq. ft.
Nature produces large quantities of mulch all of the time. Think about the fallen leaves, needles, twigs, pieces of bark, spent flower blossoms, fallen fruit, and other organic material that ends up in your yard. You can recycle these organic materials as mulch. This will help retain nutrients found in organic yard materials and can save you time and money!
The amount of mulch to apply often depends on the mulch material, however a good rule-of-thumb in your yard is to maintain a 2-3” depth of organic mulch in your yard. Use less mulch on soils that are poorly drained or remain damp to allow for drying.