Determining Bark, Mulch or Soil Needs

Measure the area you want to cover (In Feet) and determine how deep you want to add bark, mulch or soil (In Inches).

Use the following charts to help you determine how many bags, or how many yards, of bark, mulch or soil you need in your garden.

Garden Example:

You want to add 4 inches of bark, mulch or soil to a 20 foot by 20 foot garden area.

A standard-bed 3/4 ton pickup truck can usually carry 2 to 2.5 cubic yards of bark or mulches, but you need to consider the weight of each product before loading it.

A cubic yard can weigh between 800 and 2,000 pounds, depending on what product you purchase. A standard 3/4 ton pickup can safely haul 1,500 to 2,000 pounds.

In this example, you may need to make two to five trips to haul all you need. Bark and mulch doesn’t weigh as much as soil does.

Remember that a 1/2 ton pickup truck cannot carry as much weight as a 3/4 ton pickup truck, and, a short-bed pickup truck cannot haul as much volume as a standard-bed pickup truck.

Sometimes you need to buy tons of bark, mulch or soil, not just a few bags, to cover the area the depth you want to.

How To Determine Your Garden’s Area

Fill in the blanks and calculate the amount of Bark, Mulch or Soil you need to buy.

Coverage Chart for 2.0 Cu Ft Bags