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Garden Math

Apr 12 2014

Garden Math

April is finally here, and after a very long winter, we’re happy to get back in the garden and welcome the spring.

This month, we’ll share a few simple calculations to help you estimate the right amount of material you need for the garden. Having the proper amount of soils and mulch delivered for your gardens can help prevent waste and save you money by eliminating overpurchasing or multiple deliveries.
For most gardens, you’ll simply need to start by measuring the length and multiplying it by the width. This will give you the area of square and rectangular gardens – and this also provides a good approximate measurement for gardens with slight curves.
It’s easier to measure the garden before things are in leaf, but be sure to wait until after the ground has firmed up so that you don’t compact the soil.
The recommended depth for mulching is 3” (Approximately 8cm) over the entire garden, leaving “donut” shaped spaces around trunks and stems. Given this, one cubic yard of mulch is required for every 100 square feet of garden.
The recommended depth for top dressing is ½” (Approximately 1.25cm) over the entire area to be seeded. Given this, a half cubic yard of good soil mix is required to overseed 350 square feet of area. For smaller projects, six bags of Viva Lawn will cover 100 square feet. (Please be sure to read and follow any package information as each product may have a different application rate.)
Although each seed will have its own application rate, our most popular 100% certified overseeding mixture can be applied at a rate of one pound of seed for every 250 square feet of area to be covered. Our overseeding mixture is also endophtye-enhanced and self-repairing to insure best results.
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Using a good quality container mix leads to the best results for container planting. We recommend using Veranda mix for annual and perennial containers and Urban mix for containers of edibles. Given that there are countless container sizes, measure the length, width (or diameter) and depth of your containers and we would be happy to assist with determining how many bags you require.
After such a long winter, we hope you’re looking forward to the gardening season as much as we are; and we look forward to your visit.

Basic Area Formulas:

Area of a Triangle = 1/2 x Base x Height

Area of a Square or Rectangle = Width x Height

Area of a Circle = π x Radius2

Basic Volume Formulas:

Volume of Cube or Rectangular Prism = Length x Width x Height

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