How Much Topsoil Do I Need for a Healthy Landscape Project?

April 12, 2021

Want to Know What Depth Topsoil Is Best and How to Calculate How Much You Will Need for Your Landscaping Projects?

We’ll explain why topsoil is so critical in good landscaping and how much topsoil you’ll need to achieve your landscaping goals in the sections below, including how to calculate the amount of material you’ll need to have on hand to complete the project.

Why Do I Need to Use Topsoil?

If you’re new to the world of landscaping and gardening, you might not realize how important soil quality is. Plants require nutrient-rich soil in order to develop strong roots. Fertilization and moisture are the two most important factors for a healthy and flourishing garden. Check Out Our Blog Post : What kind of soil should I use and what is the difference

hands holding topsoil

How Much Topsoil for a Garden or Grass?

It is important to understand the scope of your landscaping project as well as what you are attempting to accomplish. Usually, 8 inches of topsoil is needed to fill a new garden bed or raised bed. If you intend to add topsoil to your lawn, you will need approximately 4-6 inches of topsoil to give you the healthy lawn you desire.

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How Do I Calculate How Many Yards of Material I will Need?

Now that you know how much topsoil your project will need to grow and flourish, here are 3 ways to help you calculate the amount of soil you will need to buy for your project.

The First Way it to Calculate it Yourself the Old-Fashioned Way with Math (it’s easy, I promise) Convert the depth measurement into feet by dividing the # of inches by 12”. Then follow the example below and round up to the nearest yard.

Calculating Cubic Yards Infographic: 6 feet (2 yards) length x 12 feet (4 yards) width x 6 inches (0.5 feet) deep. Cubic feet = (6 x 12 x 0.5) = 36ft cubed. Cubic yards = 36 divided by 27 = 1.33 yards cubed

The Second Way is to Use A Free Online Calculator

There are also online topsoil calculators that you can use for free to estimate how much topsoil you’ll need to cover a given area.

The Third Way, Contact Us! We’ll Help You Figure It Out

You can always ask us for assistance in calculating the cubic feet or yards that will be covered with topsoil.

Where Should I Buy My Topsoil?

Topsoil is widely available from local garden centers and nurseries, among other sources. We always encourage you to shop local, and support local business. Topsoil can be purchased in bags, which come in smaller quantities or in bulk.

A cubic yard of topsoil weighs around 1,080 pounds on average. A cubic foot weighs approximately 40 pounds. These figures are estimates because the exact weight depends on a variety of factors, including the amount of moisture in the soil and any debris that might be present. Given its weight, purchasing topsoil in cubic yards and having it delivered by a supplier makes more sense for larger projects.

Topsoil is normally priced by the cubic yard in bulk orders, and the price varies depending on the size of the order, location and availability.

Contact DC Hauling today for delivery of the highest-quality bulk topsoil and landscaping products on the market in Orleans, Genesee and Monroe County, NY.

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