The Bales of Straw Needed for Mulching calculators computes the number of regular square-bales of straw or hay needed to cover an area such as a field, garden or planter deep enough to act as mulch. To CLICK HERE., plot, garden or planter,
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:
Bales of Straw for Mulching (B): The calculator returns the number of bales of straw needed to cover 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:
The most current US Straw Price Survey information data is as follows: