The Mulch Store

How much is a cubic yard?

One cubic yard is a three dimensional cube that measures 3 feet long and 3 feet tall

How much does a yard of product weigh?

Weights for products will vary due to moisture content. Typically, mulch products weigh between 400-800 lbs. per cubic yard; Compost weighs between 1000 – 1600 lbs and soil blends weigh between 2200-2700 lbs.

How much volume can my pickup hold?

A full size ¾ or 1 ton pickup can hold 2-3 cubic yards, slightly rounded, but weight must be considered. Most full size pickups can handle 3 yards of mulch, 2 yards of compost or 1-1.5 yards of soil product depending on the size of the pickup truck bed. Never load more than what is reasonable or what your vehicle is specified to carry.

Can compost be used to fill fence post holes in place of black dirt?

No – Compost continues to decompose over time and is not recommended for use as fill in these types of projects.

What product should I use for my garden?

For a new garden with no existing soil, such as a raised garden bed, we recommend using our 50/50 compost dirt blend or our garden mix which also includes 10% sand. For existing gardens, we recommend incorporating 2-3” of straight compost into the soil.

Can I use compost in for my potted plants?

Yes, compost provides nutrients, and provides an excellent medium for root growth. Mix 50/50 with potting soil or black dirt.

Can I put compost on my grass?

Yes, compost can be used on your lawn to add plant nutrients and improve soil structure. Apply ¼ to ½ “ thick.

What time of year should I apply mulch?

Time of year depends on what you hope to achieve by mulching. If you are using mulch in your vegetable or flower garden, it is best to apply them after the soil has warmed up in the spring.

Mulches used to moderate winter temperatures can be applied in late fall after the ground has frozen, but before the coldest temperatures arrive. Applying mulches before the ground freezes may attract rodents looking for a warm winter hide out.

How much material do I need?

To estimate the required cubic yardage required for mulch or compost, measure (in feet) the length and width of the areas to be covered. Multiply the length x width to get your square footage. Add up square footage for all areas and use the following formula:

For a thickness of:
1/2" - divide the square footage by 660 = total yards 4” – divide the square footage by 81 = total yards
1" - divide the square footage by 325 = total yards 5” – divide the square footage by 65  = total yards
2" - divide the square footage by 162 = total yards 6” – divide the square footage by 54 = total yards