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Bulk aggregates: How to know how much to order?
11th February 2021

Bulk aggregates: How to know how much to order?

Working out how much bulk aggregates you need to order to adequately fill a particular area is easy when you use the Springbridge aggregate calculator.

You simply select what bulk aggregate you want, choose what shape the area is and enter the measurements of that area. Each type of aggregate type will have a recommended depth (on the calculator screen for easy identification), so enter the recommended depth for your aggregate and it will show you how much you need to order. 

The amounts are rounded-up to the nearest bag, plus it is highly recommended to order a little more than you mathematically need as this will accommodate any shortfall.

 

How Much Topsoil to Order

When laying topsoil it is recommended that you use enough to fill to a depth of 150mm, or six inches. For a square area measuring 5x5 metres, you would need to order 5 bulk bags of topsoil.

There are four topsoil bulk aggregates available through Springbridge. These include the cost-effective Screened Economy Soil and the Multi Purpose Topsoil, both of which are highly versatile soils for a variety of purposes. There is also the even higher quality Blended Topsoil, which is the same as the multi purpose variety but with Mushroom Compost mixed in to give it a huge nutrient boost for growing plants, flowers and vegetables. At the high end of the topsoil range is Fine Loam Topsoil, which is the very best natural topsoil used by top landscapers and professional gardeners.


How Much Compost to Order

Another popular product when customers order aggregates is compost, of which there are several varieties available through Springbridge. Compost should be laid at a depth of 400mm, or 16 inches, so a 5-metre square area would require 12 bulk bags of compost.

All of the compost blends are of a similar high quality, but one may be more preferable over another because of the purpose intended. Well Rotted Horse Manure is ideal for general plants and flowers, while the Spent Mushroom Compost is better suited for growing vegetables. As the name suggests, the Tree and Shrub Compost is better for trees and shrubs.

 

How Much Bark to Order

Landscape bark for mulch purposes should be laid to a depth of about 50mm or two inches, so a 5x5m square area would need 2 bulks bags to adequately fill.

Play bark serves an additional purpose of helping to absorb impacts to prevent children’s injuries during playtime, so it should be laid to a deeper depth of around 75mm or three inches, so the same 5-metre square area would require a third bulk bag when you order aggregates for a playground.

 

Decorate Aggregates

You can decorate aggregates and use aggregates to decorate a variety of outdoor spaces, so it is always worth ordering a little more to ensure you have enough coverage for the main area you want to cover, with a little extra to decorate aggregates around your garden.

 

If you want to order aggregates such as bulk aggregates or decorate aggregates then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information