What is a Cubic Yard? 2018-02-14T12:24:13-04:00

What Is A Cubic Yard?

A cubic yard is a unit of measure we use for large volumes of landscape and construction materials. Picture a cube that’s 3 feet in each direction – that’s a cubic yard. Cubic yards are a convenient measurement for large quantities of materials of different weights – for example mulch and stone, because the same volume still covers the same area.

Rule of thumb: 1 cubic yard covers 100 sq ft (10’x10′) at 3″ deep

Three inches is the recommended depth for new garden beds. If you’re putting in a new stone or mulch bed, an easy way to figure out what you need is to find the square footage of each area – multiply width times length of each bed and then add them together. When you have the square feet, just divide by a hundred or move the decimal point two places to the left. For example, if you have a 4’x10′ bed and a 12’x12′ bed, that’s 188 square feet, and you would need 1.88 cubic yards or mulch or landscaping stone. We would round that up to 2 cubic yards, since we sell products in 1/2 yard increments.

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We are happy to help you figure out how much material you need, just give us a call!

If you are picking up, a regular size pick-up truck bed (6feet) can carry a cubic yard of mulch (or a little more) and only half a cubic yard of stone (because of the weight.)

If you are ordering materials for delivery, our largest trucks can fit up to 20 cubic yards, and our smallest truck carries about 6 cubic yards. We can deliver as little as 1 cubic yard, but the delivery charge applies to all deliveries. For more information please visit the delivery page