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Old 09-22-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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How much compost needed for a 5000 sf yard?

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Old 09-23-2008, 05:01 AM   #2
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How deep do you want it? Compost, top soil, etc...is measured in cubic feet.

To calculate, all measurements must be the same unit of measure-all inches or all feet. Mix and match doesn't work.

Since your depth will be in inches, you need the decimal equivalent of a foot.

Depth in inches / 12 = dec. eq. of a foot.

3 inches / 12 = .25 ft.

5000 sq. ft. x .25 ft (depth) = 1250 cu. ft. of compost.

Even at 1 inch depth:

1 / 12 = .083 x 5000 = 416.6 cu ft.

That's a LOT of compost. A truck bed five feet wide and nine feet long would have to ten feet deep to deliver that in one trip.

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Old 09-23-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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Using your formula, I would need 104 CF since I'm only going a 1/4 inch.
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.25/12 = .02 x 5000=104CF which is 3.85 Yards
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:15 PM   #4
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Looks right from here.
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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FWIW- Already answered but try to google a conversion site. Just plug in the numbers. Quicker sometimes than trying to remember the formula or just use it to verify the "old way" if you like to stay in practice.
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:51 PM   #6
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That's what I do. I'm trying not to let technology make me stupid. There was a time when i could have looked at a list of 200 phone numbers and told you who they all were. Now I don't even know Mom's real number. i just know "speed dial 1" .

It's good to know the formulas and how to figure, but I do use the calculators/conversion sites to verify my math.
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Do you compost before or after seeding? I've heard it both ways.
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Topdress after seeding to cover the seeds and help retain moisture.
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Now I don't even know Mom's real number. i just know "speed dial 1" .

Same here. Someone asked for my office/shop number the other day. "4."

Rumor has it that Einstein did not know his phone number. Said he didn't clutter his mind with information that he could look up somewhere. And I used to just 'think' I was smart.

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Do you compost before or after seeding? I've heard it both ways.
Seed to soil contact is what you want to accomplish. Seed first, then topsoil on top makes a good "seed sandwich" but either way will work. I seeded some rye last week, good straw cover, watered well, and it was up about two inches from Friday to Friday. Weak liquid (Peter's type) fertilizer in the water works like baby formula. No topsoil, no rolling; just spread, covered, and watered it.

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