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Adding Top Soil

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Slcareco, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    How much would one charge to add 12,000 sqft worth of topsoil at a 6" depth??
  2. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 473

    I love it when people ask a question, but don't give enough info to get responsible answer.

    Is this a wide open lawn? Easy access? Do you have to wheelbarrow it to the area? Are there hills? Obstacles?

    Provide us with some of these answers, so you can get an answer.

    But to answer your question as posed...I don't have a clue.

    Where is Frank Fescue? I'm sure he will give you right answer.:laugh:
  3. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    no hills, I would bob cat it. sorry for lack of info
  4. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    225 yards of topsoil.......holy crapola thats a lot of dirt to move.
  5. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    im saying lol its a 5 million dollar house with a 12000 sq ft oil and stone driveway they want removed and replaced with top soil. I feel like thats so much but arent the numbers right if its replacing a 4-6" depth?
  6. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    FL you are right on!
    So about $4100 in materials alone - delivered. 7.2 Thirty yard trucks @ $16 a yard for good dirt.
    Probably $600 for somebody with a CAT and Harley Rake - So all in about $4600 your cost to get it done right with good soil.
  7. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    and he is removing the same amount in dirt and oily gravel so double that and add in disposal of oily dirt and gravel, 12K? Total remove dirt and oily gravel and replace with top soil, grade......any seed or sod?
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    not sure I understand your question.........sub it out and mark it up.
  9. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    I am subbing it and marking it up but eventually want to tackle these kinds of jobs for myself so I'd like to get a grip on the pricing.

    As simple as I can put it.....

    Removal of 16,800sqft of oil and stone
    Install and grade of 11,800 of top soil
    Install of Seed

    Theres more to the job but Im just wondering about this for now....
  10. MikeT

    MikeT LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    If my math is right, 12,000 sq. ft. of surface area translates into 1,000 cu. ft. or 37 cu. yds. of excavated debris. Add a forty cu. yd. dumpster to your estimate. Check with the hauler first for weight limits. You may need to use several smaller dumpsters or a couple of tri-axles and a loader. With 12,000 sq. ft. as an example, replace excavated material with enough soil to fill and tamp the new soil and feather additional soil out along the perimeters. 60 yds should do it, using the 12,000 sq. ft. example. This way you're less likely to leave a hump or depression. Try to match seed or sod with existing lawn grasses. If seeding, aerate and overseed new seed into existing lawn on both sides of old driveway so you don't have a clear delineation of grasses. If possible, try to match soil composition, as well. The goal is to not be able to tell where the old driveway was.

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