3.8 cu. ft . conversion

shoofly22March 12, 2009

what does a 3,8 cu. ft. compressed bale of peat moss expand to when its opened? im trying to figure how much i'll need .

jim

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luke3026

According to most websites I consulted when estimating my needs, a 3.8 cu ft bale will expand to 7.5 cu ft, so it roughly doubles. And when I actually opened the bags I found this estimate to generally hold.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 7:48PM
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shoofly22

thank you .
jim

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 4:35AM
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shoofly22

another question , about how much lime per bale of peat to nuetralize it ?
jim

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 5:27AM
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jleiwig(6)

I never got 7 cu ft out of my peat bales. It was my understanding that it is 3.8 cu ft that has been compressed, so it will expand back to 3.8 cubic foot uncompressed. The bales that I got were definitely not 3ftx1ftx1ft compressed in size.

That's what I went by when I caclulated first filling my bed, and I still didn't have enough peat. Once you wet it down it compresses even further!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 3:56PM
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luke3026

The 3.8 cuft compressed bales I've been getting are definitely 3.8 in size. I can't say for sure it expands to 7 cu ft, but as I broke it up and scooped it from the bag, it would just expand and fill the bag again. Seemed like it took forever to get the level in the bag to go down at all.

Here is a link that might be useful: Using Peat Moss

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 9:14PM
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