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Materials

Our long-term experience can offer you the highest in quality and consistency of mulches this area has to offer. All materials are sold by the cubic yard plus 6.25% Massachusetts sales tax. There is a formula below to assist you in figuring out how many cubic yards are needed for your project. We have loading availability for our customers who wish to have us load the materials onto their trucks or utility trailers of all sizes (1 cubic yard minimum loading). We can deliver the materials using our 6-wheeler or 10-wheeler dump trucks (6 cubic yard minimum for delivery). Advance notice for deliveries is strongly recommended in order to better accommodate the delivery of your materials. For larger or commercial projects, we can arrange for bulk deliveries. We have serviced the delivery of materials from 6 cubic yards to a homeowner to an excess of 1,000 cubic yards to large commercial projects at Otis Air National Guard Base.

Material Descriptions

Screened Loam (with Compost): The loam we supply is made of our naturally composted organics. Compost is added as a nutrient enhancement. This product is perfect for planting lawns (proper fertilizing and watering are essential for establishing and maintaining a healthy lawn). It is screened to a 3/4" minus for ease of handling.

Compost: Our compost consists of decomposed leaves and grass. It is an excellent plant, flower, or vegetable garden soil amendment.

Mulches
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mulch color comparison

Premium Hemlock Crimson Mulch Mix
This premium quality product is known for its rich red color. This product is color enhanced to insure longer lasting beauty than nature would allow. It consists of a mix of Fir, Pine and Spruce. This is an excellent color contrast for your outdoor beddings.

Regular Mix Regular Mulch Mix
This consists of Northern softwoods made up of Pine, Spruce and Fir. It has a rich medium brown color. Used commonly around shrubs, trees and established flower beds.

Dark Mix Dark Mulch Mix
This is an aged Northern softwood made up of Pine, Spruce and Fir. It offers a very dark brown color which would enhance the contrast along your walkways or around your established flower gardens.

Chestnut Brown Chestnut Brown Mulch
Consisting of aged native woods such as Pine, Spruce, Oak and Maple. This material is made here at Blacksmith Shop Farms, Inc. It offers a beautifully rich dark brown color.

Black Forest Black Forest Mulch
Consisting of aged native woods such as Pine, Spruce, Oak and Maple. This is color enhanced, offering a beautifully rich black color. A great color accent to beautify your landscape.

Chunky Mix: This coarsely cut product offers excellent erosion control on sloped areas or large wooded areas. It is made here at Blacksmith Shop Farms, Inc. using a blend of native woods (Pine, Spruce, Oak and Maple). This could be a great alternative to using haybales on your project.

Wood Chips: Native trees which are cut through a conventional "whole tree chipper." They are approximately 2"-3" in size (not the stringy type). These blend nicely into any natural landscape.

Clean Fill: Screened to 1" or less and is great for leveling out rough terrain and has other multiple use applications.

Sand: The sand is native of the Cape and is screened down to 1" or less. It is not washed.

Need Help Figuring Out How Many Cubic Yards You Need?

The following table shows some general calculations. Calculations have been rounded to the nearest 1/2 cubic yard +-. Please see important notation below regarding loam calculations.

Total Sq. Ft.

2" Depth

3" Depth

4" Depth

5" Depth

6" Depth

500

3.0

4.5

6.0

8.0

9.5

1,000

6.5

9.5

12.0

15.5

18.5

2,000

12.5

18.5

24.5

31.0

37.0

3,000

19.0

28.0

36.5

46.5

55.5

4,000

25.0

37.0

49.0

62.0

74.0

5,000

31.5

46.5

61.0

78.0

92.5

6,000

38.0

55.5

73.5

93.5

111.0

7,000

44.0

65.0

85.5

109.0

129.5

8,000

50.5

74.0

98.0

124.5

148.0

9,000

56.5

83.5

110.0

140.0

166.5

10,000

63.0

92.5

122.0

155.5

185.0

If you need more specific detail, you can use the following formula to calculate the estimated cubic yardage needed for your project. Please keep in mind that this does not compensate for areas which may be high or low.

Formula

First, multiply your length needed by your width needed to get the total square feet. Next, use the following formula to calculate how many cubic yards of material you would need at the thickness of your choice.

2" thick*   2 ÷ 12 = .17;  .17 x [calculated sq. ft.] = cubic feet;  cubic feet ÷ 27 = cubic yards
3" thick*   3 ÷ 12 = .25;  .25 x [calculated sq. ft.] = cubic feet;  cubic feet ÷ 27 = cubic yards
4" thick*   4 ÷ 12 = .33;  .33 x [calculated sq. ft.] = cubic feet;  cubic feet ÷ 27 = cubic yards
5" thick*   5 ÷ 12 = .42;  .42 x [calculated sq. ft.] = cubic feet;  cubic feet ÷ 27 = cubic yards
6" thick*   6 ÷ 12 = .50;  .50 x [calculated sq. ft.] = cubic feet;  cubic feet ÷ 27 = cubic yards

Example: If you had an area of 50' x 100', you would multiply 50 x 100 to get your square footage of 5,000 square feet. If you wanted to cover that area (presuming it is completely flat and you can maintain spreading it evenly) with mulch 3" thick, it would calculate as follows:

3 ÷ 12 = .25; .25 x 5,000 (sq. ft.) = 1,250 (c.f.); 1,250 ÷ 27 = 46.3 cubic yards

* IMPORTANT: When calculating for loam, you must ADD 20% to your cubic yard total to allow for compaction compensation. By doing this, your end result will be at the depth for which you were initially calculating.

Example: If your calculation was showing 46 cubic yards loam, you would then add 20% as follows:

46 (c.y.) x 20% (.20) = 9.2; 46 + 9.2 = 55.2 cubic yards

We hope this information is helpful to you for estimating your needs!


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