What Is A Cubic Yard?

A cubic yard is a unit of measurement we use
for large volumes of landscape and construction materials.

Picture a cube that’s 3 ft. in
each direction
– that’s a cubic yard.

Rule of thumb: 1 cubic yard covers 100 sq. ft. (10′ x 10′) at a 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 the width x length of each bed, then add them together.

When you have the square feet, just divide by one hundred or move the decimal point two places to the left. For example, if you have a 4′ x 10′ bed and a 12′ x 12′ bed, that’s 184 square feet, and you would need 1.84 cubic yards of mulch or landscaping stone. Since we sell products in 1/2 yard increments, we would round that up to 2 cubic yards.

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

Pictured is our one yard loader.

If you are picking up, a regular size pick-up truck (6 ft. bed) 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 4 cubic yards. Our minimum for delivery is 1 cubic yard.

For more information please visit the delivery page.