# Landscape Material Calculator

Select the landscape material and provide the following information:

## The Landscape Material Calculations

These calculations can be applied to various scenarios, whether you’re filling a garden bed, covering an area with mulch, or installing a new hardscape feature.

### Step 1: Measure the Area

To start, you need to measure the area where you plan to use the landscape material. Grab your trusty tape measure and record the following:

• Length (in feet): Measure the length of the area.
• Width (in feet): Measure the width of the area.
• Depth (in inches): Determine how deep you want to apply the material.

### Step 2: Convert Measurements

Before proceeding, it’s crucial to have consistent units of measurement. Convert the depth to feet if necessary (since most landscape materials are typically sold by the cubic yard):

• Depth (in feet): Divide the depth in inches by 12 to convert to feet.

### Step 3: Calculate Cubic Feet

Now, calculate the volume of the area in cubic feet. This is done by multiplying the length, width, and depth:

• Volume (in cubic feet): Length (ft) × Width (ft) × Depth (ft)

### Step 4: Convert to Cubic Yards

To align with the standard unit of measurement for landscape materials, convert cubic feet to cubic yards. There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard:

• Volume (in cubic yards): Volume (ft³) ÷ 27

## Applying the Calculations

Let’s apply these calculations to a real-life scenario. Imagine you’re planning to spread mulch in a garden bed with the following measurements:

• Length: 15 feet
• Width: 8 feet
• Depth: 3 inches

Using the steps outlined above:

1. Measure the Area: Length = 15 feet, Width = 8 feet, Depth = 3 inches.
2. Convert Measurements: Depth = 3 inches ÷ 12 = 0.25 feet.
3. Calculate Cubic Feet: Volume = 15 ft × 8 ft × 0.25 ft = 30 ft³.
4. Convert to Cubic Yards: Volume = 30 ft³ ÷ 27 = 1.11 cubic yards.

So, for this particular garden bed, you’ll need approximately 1.11 cubic yards of mulch to achieve a 3-inch depth.