DIY Landscape Assistance

Ready to make some sense of your landscape?  Let us help you help yourself!  Here are some tools to get you started:

Landscape Design Sheet

Are you wanting to make a change in your landscape but aren’t sure where to start? This is a great place to begin.  Draw out your existing landscape including structures like sidewalks, driveways, and of course the house!  Locate any existing plants you would like to keep and draw them on the plan.  Think about what your goals are for your area, and what you like and don’t like about other landscapes.  Take some photos and then bring everything in to The Good Earth.  Remember to write down how many feet each 1/2 inch square equals somewhere on the plan.  That’s it.  Now we can help you choose what will work best for you and your landscape!

Click to Download our Landscape Design Sheet

 

DELIVERY

Buying landscape materials such as soil and mulch in bulk is less expensive than bags but can be intimidating if you don’t know how much you need or how much the delivery might cost.  Follow the guidelines below to figure out how much you need, and then go to our delivery page for more information.

 

SOD

To figure out how much sod you need, measure out the area; get the length in feet and the depth in feet.  Multiply these 2 numbers together to get total square feet. Divide this number by 9 to get square yards.  Sod is sold by piece and by square yard (which is 3 pieces).

 

SQUARE FEET / 9 = SQUARE YARDS

 

SOIL

If you want to add some soil, the first step is to figure out the square feet of the area you want to add soil in.  So, again, it’s length times depth to get square feet.  Consider how many inches of soil you would like to add onto the area.  To add 1 foot of soil on the area, take the total square area, multiply it by one, then divide by 27 to convert the square feet into square yards.  If you would like to add 6 inches of soil to the area, take the total square feet area, multiply by .5 (half a foot) then divide by 27 to get square yards. For 3 inches of soil, do the same only multiply the square area by .25 (a quarter of a foot), then divide by 27.

 

(SQUARE FEET X DEPTH IN FEET) / 27     = CUBIC YARD

 

MULCH

For mulch, you want to put down 3-6 inches of mulch.  Follow the same principles as above.  Get the area in square feet, multiply by .25 (for 3 inches or a quarter of a foot), then divide by 27.

 

(SQUARE FEET X .25) / 27 = CUBIC YARD

 

ANNUALS & GROUNDCOVER (plants per square feet)

Here is a chart listing some basic spacings and square foot coverages.  Under this, we have listed another simple calculation.

Plant spacing chart.xlsx

 

 

ALTERNATIVE METHOD:

Figuring out the quantity depends on how far apart you intend to space your annuals, or groundcover.  In this chart below, the left column indicates how far apart you intent do space your plants, and the right column is the number you need to multiply by the total square footage of the area you intend to plant.

Example: if you want to cover an area of 120 square feet with plant that you intend on spacing 10 inches apart, the equation would look like this:

120 (Sq Ft) x 1.45 = 174 (Plants)

Space between plants Spacing multiplier (plants per sq. ft.)

4”

9
5” 5.76
6” 4
7” 2.94
8” 2.25
9” 1.78
10” 1.45
11” 1.19
12” 1
15” .64
18” .44
24” .25
30” .16
36” .11