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mike lane lawn care
05-02-2006, 06:04 PM
i am about to call around for prices on 3 cubic yards of topsoil. what should i expect for prices, so i know whether or not i'm getting screwed. thanks all.

05-02-2006, 07:21 PM
I think its somewhere around 12-15/yard here. (FL)

05-02-2006, 07:37 PM
$15/cubic yard screened plus delivery. Free delivery if over 10 yards.

05-02-2006, 09:22 PM
6 yards delivered for $90 is advertised in ny so $15 delverd

05-02-2006, 09:57 PM
Wow those are cheap prices. I get mine for 33 a yard with a 55 delivery charge.

05-02-2006, 10:21 PM
we get $26 yard delivered 5 miles with a minimum of 5 yards w/o an extra charge

05-02-2006, 10:38 PM
$38.00 a yard here

05-02-2006, 10:47 PM
Lets see, my friends dad sells it to me for $10 a yard, and the local nursery is $29 a yard.

05-02-2006, 11:38 PM
can buy it off constructions sites for around $10/yard from contractors i know. or get it from the local mine at $16 a ton, $19.50 a ton delievered.

the people at the mine use a factor of 1.4 tons per yard of topsoil. some advice....you dont want to buy topsoil when it had just rained because if you're paying by weight, then you are paying extra for water content.

05-03-2006, 10:07 PM
we sell topsoil for $12/yard. $60 min del charge inside of 30 miles (6-7 yards each trip)

$10/yard picked up 6PM-8PM Mon-Fri 7AM-1159AM Sat, Sun- yeah right.

05-03-2006, 10:35 PM
I had 20 yards delivered 2 weeks ago for $15/yd...here in western Mass.

05-03-2006, 11:11 PM
I buy it from a excavating company for 18 dollars a yard loaded on my trailer. I deliver it for 28 dollars a yard with a three yard minimum within ten miles. A local nursery sell it for 38 dollars a yard plus delivery fee. The nursery buy it from the same place I do and they only have to pay 14 dollars a yard for it.

07-16-2006, 03:10 PM
$21 per, up to 3 yds.... then $7per thereafter.

Daddy Joe's Lawn Service
07-16-2006, 03:47 PM
I Know In Ill For Clean Black Drit Is Aroud 10.00 A Ton

07-16-2006, 04:30 PM
here a 10-12 yrd dump truck load is $110.00

Daddy Joe's Lawn Service
07-16-2006, 04:37 PM
thats like gas price thats high

07-16-2006, 09:26 PM
$35 a yard plus delivery....Dutchess County NY

07-16-2006, 09:53 PM
About 30-45 per yd depending on screen size. Over 5yds free delivery.

mike lane lawn care
07-16-2006, 10:10 PM
wow, i forgot about this thread, the local place charges $35/yard delivered, it is worth it to me as i don't have a truck and i don't need a whole lot.

07-16-2006, 10:29 PM

I'm in Westfield, and as I said earlier in this thread, its $15/yard delivered....but 3 yards is a small amount.

At the full composting recycle place here in town, its $16/yard if you pick it up (even 1/2 yard). It's also the best stuff you ever saw. Compost is the same cost.

mike lane lawn care
07-16-2006, 10:32 PM
will fully composted leaves be good for a lawn? because i can get unlimited topsoil that comes from leaves that have been decomposing for a few years for free, i just didn't think it was any good for grass.

07-16-2006, 10:50 PM

Good question.... I'm sure there are people here a lot more qualified to answer that one.

I've never used it as topsoil myself, although I have mixed it 50/50 with topsoil and seemed to have good results.

That said, if you say "fully composted" I assume you mean completely broken down, a rich brownish to black color, somewhat heavier than std topsoil, and slightly more rough when spread out.

I assume all the actual leaves are gone from sight. The other question might be what type of leaves did it come from as oak vs poplar might have some chemistry difference.

The only problems I could foresee would be more difficulty spreading it, and possible nitrogen draft as it continues to break down. It's not real lumpy, but more coarse than std screened material. Guess it would depend where you're putting it-- but 3 yards doesn't seem like a lot.

Like I said, I have used a 50/50 mix and it seemed to work good...spreading and grading was easy, germanation seemed OK, and I didn't see an abundance of weeds.

Really would like to hear from others on this one though...lotta smart people on here w/ deeper knowledge than myself.

07-16-2006, 11:57 PM
Ok, first. When you guys are talking about $30+ a yard for topsoil. Are you talking about just plain ole screened topsoil or conditioned topsoil (compost)? I guess I am glad I live in the south b/c $100 will get me a tri-axle truck delivered to my house full of unscreened top soil and $185 will get the same load with screened top soil. This is roughly 15yards of soil which brings my screened cost to $11+/-. For $28/yard I get screened topsoil mixed with soil conditioner and mushroom compost.

Dirty Water
07-17-2006, 12:39 AM
$22 a yard delivered here for a nice loam.