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Name: Ryan Baskett
Bellevue Washington, USA
Jul 17, 2017 2:17 PM CST
|Ok, so I've been working on a lawn replacement project and I think at this point I'm considering filling the yard with topsoil before spreading grass seed. I have a fairly big yard, but I'm trying to determine how much soil I might need. From what I understand so far, topsoil is measured in cubic yards, right? So if I got like 12 cubic yards of topsoil versus 1 would that be like a TON? Or, if I were to order a, "truckload of topsoil" how many cubic yards are included in that? Maybe I can take a picture of the yard to give better reference. I live in Bellevue WA and we're looking to plant Kentucky Bluegrass with grass seed. Any idea where I should order from?
Thanks for any help!
Jul 17, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Another resource would be the King County extension service and their master gardener program.
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Jul 17, 2017 6:56 PM CST
|Ryan-- Any soil/dirt moving company will take your lawn measurements with depth, then they will tell you how many cubic yards of topsoil you will need. Contact a couple of companies for price and compare how much dirt they say you need.
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Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 18, 2017 5:19 AM CST
| Back of the envelope calculation says you need about 3 cubic yards per 1,000 square feet of lawn. A typical dump truck (from my experience) delivers about 10-12 cubic yards. So a truckload would cover about 3,000 to 4,000 square feet of lawn 1" deep.
But keep in mind that "topsoil" from most sources is junky and clumpy fill dirt of poor quality. If you need serious volume to raise the lawn level (as I did recently myself), that is good enough.
But if you are top-dressing existing lawn to plant new seed, I think you might be better off just adding 1/4" of compost from a nursery after spreading seed.
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