Landscape Supplies – Determining How Much You Need

By | 07.08.2007

Outdoor landscaping projects are very often done by do-it-yourselfers. Putting in a flower bed, a vegetable garden or a few small trees is a task that most homeowners will choose to do themselves, rather than hiring a professional. Other projects, such as laying mulch, landscaping around a newly installed garden pond, pool or patio, or incorporating a decorative rock garden into a garden decor scheme are all easily accomplished with a little know-how and a bit of sweat equity.

One of the hardest aspects of attempting a do-it-yourself landscape project is determining the correct amount of landscape supplies needed for the job. Landscape supplies, such as top soil, mulch, crushed stone, sand or small pebbles are usually ordered in bulk and are difficult to transport if you run short and have to make a second trip. In many cases, if your project is large enough, landscaping supply companies will deliver the garden landscape supplies directly to your home, since they are too difficult to transport in a car or minivan. That is why it is so important to make sure that you correctly determine the amount of landscape supplies that are needed the first time around.

Many garden landscape supplies are sold by the cubic yard. In order to determine how many cubic yards of any type of landscape material you need, you must first determine the square footage of the area you are looking to cover.  This is done by measuring the width and length of the area, if it is a square or rectangle or by determining the diameter of the space if is a circle. Once you have determined the square footage of the area you need to cover, you then need to determine the depth of landscaping supplies that you need to lay and factor that depth into the equation along with the square footage. Square footage is typically measured in feet and depth is measures in inches. One easy way to figure this out is to use a materials calculator that can be found online. This will do all of the calculations for you if you just put in the measurements. Another option is to provide the landscaping suppliers with the dimensions and they will be able to calculate how much you need to order.

Taking the time to accurately determine how much you need when it comes to garden landscape supplies will save you a lot of time, as well as money. Similar to the idea in construction that you should always measure twice and cut once, in order to avoid costly mistakes, making sure that you only need to make one trip to the home improvement or garden store to pick up supplies will allow you to spend your time most efficiently. When you are ordering wholesale landscape supplies, this is especially important since having to arrange for an extra delivery or pick up of additional supplies can be rather costly.

Figuring out your landscaping supply needs is an important step in any do-it-yourself landscape or garden project. If you cannot figure it out yourself, be sure to use a materials calculator online or ask the landscape supply company where you are getting your materials from for help in determining the proper quantity to order.


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