Having a basic understanding of landscaping lingo not only ensures that you will get what you want when coordinating with a company, but that you will also know what to ask for from the company with whom you are working.
Regardless of whether you are taking on a spring project on your own or working longterm with a landscape designer, there are some common measurement terms that are helpful to know:
Yard or Cubic yard: A cubic yard is the volume of material that fits in a space one yard wide by one yard deep by one yard high. (3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet) Cubic yards are used to measure materials ranging from concrete to cover a driveway to mulch for your garden.
Ton: A unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds. For example, we would need about 2 tons of gravel to fill that backyard.
Linear foot: The term linear foot just means that you are measuring in a straight line. It's still the same length, a linear foot is a foot, 12 inches. This is a term commonly used in landscaping design, like when measuring for a fence line.
Square foot: The length is simply multiplied with the width to get the total square footage of the area. An example would be if you wanted a patio that is 10 feet by 12 feet, you would have 120 square feet of patio space.
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