The Bales of Straw Needed to Mulch an Irregular Area calculators computes the number AREA COVERED of regular square-bales of straw or hay needed to cover an area such as a field, garden or planter to a depth adequate to suppress the growth of grass and weeds. To , CLICK HERE.
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose your length units and enter the following:
The Bales of Straw Need to Mulch an Irregular Area calculator will then compute the area in square feet and divide by the number of square feet covered in a single bale of straw. This will result in the total number of bales needed for ground cover of the area.
Mulching is different than ground cover for planting. For mulching, one wants to suppress the growth of grass and weeds. For ground cover, one wants to protect grass seed and young seedlings to encourage grass growth and moisture retention. The differences is in the depth of the straw laid. This calculator computes straw deep enough to suppress weed growth.
You should always use the locally available pricing when computing your costs. However, for your convenience a periodic survey is made on the Internet for mulch prices in the United States. The most recent observations are as follows: