Measurement Converters

Before you schedule that delivery of a dump truck full of compost, figure out just what a "cubic yard" really is, because that's what most material companies use in measuring dry materials.

Volume Conversion: Online calculator

Cubic Feet and Yards:

27 Cubic feet = 1 Cubic yard = 1 Ton Avg. Dry Weight

Sq. ft. x deep divided by 324 = Cubic yards.

Sample

100 x 2" divided by 324 = .62 Cubic yards

400 x 3" divided by 324 = 3.70 Cubic yards

Liquid

Even though the bottle gives the recipe for it, do you really need to mix up a gallon of Bt spray? Probably not. When diluting fertilizers and pesticides from concentrate, it's very important to measure accurately. When in doubt, use less than what is recommended by the manufacturer...never more.

One gallon = 4 Quarts/8 pints One cup = 1/2 pint/8 ounces/16 tablespoons

One gallon = 16 cups/128 ounces 1/2 Cup = 4 ounces/8 tablespoons/24 teaspoons

One gallon = 256 tablespoons/768 teaspoons 1/4 Cup = 2 ounces/4 tablespoons/12 teaspoons

One quart = 2 pints/4 cups/32 ounces/64 Tbls. 1 Tablespoon = 1/2 ounce/3 teaspoons

One pint = 2 cups/16 ounces/32 tablespoons

Area Conversion: Online calculator

Length/Distance: Online calculator

Weight and Mass: Online calculator

Online Calculators for Dry Materials

Fabulous calculators that take the guesswork out of some larger garden projects.

Mulch: How much mulch do you need for a certain-sized garden bed? Choose thickness and garden square footage.

Limestone: How much limestone do you need for a certain-sized garden bed? Requires that you know your soil's pH. Enter the pH, soil type and garden size. Limestone adds alkalinity to acidic soil, thus raising the pH.

Sulfur: How much sulfur do you need for a certain-sized garden bed? This calculator requires that you know your soil's pH. Enter the pH, soil type and garden size. Sulfur adds acidity to alkaline soil, thus lowering the pH.

Fertilizer: How much fertilizer should I spread on my lawn? Choose from several different types of fertilizers (blood meal, cow manure, 9-3-6, etc.) and grasses (Bermuda, bluegrass, fescue, etc.)

Calibrating your Fertilizer Spreader: Not an online calculator, but some good tips for figuring out the distribution rate of your rotary or drop spreader.

Actual Nitrogen in a bag of fertilizer. Choose the percentage of nitrogen shown on the bag and the weight of the bag.

Stone/Rock calculators (also gravel and Dry Quikrete Mix)

Bricks and Pavers

Online Calculators for Plants, Grass, Seed

Plants (including perennials, annuals and groundcover), Grass Plugs, Shrubs and Trees: Very general - take with a grain of salt.

Sod Calculator: Calculates rectangular, circular and triangular areas.

Tree Height Calculator: How high is that tree?

Online Calculators for Water Features/Irrigation

Pond calculators based on pond shape (only works with Internet Explorer browsers): Calculates gallons of water, recommended filter, pump and liner sizes

Landscape Irrigation formulas, conversions and calculators: Includes calculators for area and distance, water pressure, flow and water volume, pump efficiency and more.

Miscellaneous Online Calculators

Helps design a compost recipe for many common household organic wastes. It will determine the Total C:N Ratio for a mix of materials.

Wind Chill

Illuminance (light): Especially handy for orchid growers, who often need to provide the correct "foot candle" measure of luminance.

How Many Lights Should I Put on My Christmas Tree?

Smart Phone Apps - Converters, etc.

iPhone

Converter (Unit Converter): \$0.99

BlackBerry

BlueSlate Unit Converter (Standard): Free

Droid