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Level yard

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by achetwood, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. achetwood

    achetwood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I have a yard to level but find it a little hard to determine how much fill dirt will be needed. I had a helper estimate that we would need 100 yds of dirt. However, after searching the internet it seems we need to multiply L x W x D. The yard has a huge slope. The deepest area is about 3 ft below the visible portion of the foundation. While other areas are within 16 inches. What's the best way to determine the amount of fill dirt needed? If I follow the formula above, I came to 2,500 ft. My measurements were 63'L x 21W' x 2' (average depth from three measuring points). Is that right? The idea is to level the yard with the visible portion of the foundation as much as possible.
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Sounds like a good average. I would then add at least 10% to give you wiggle room. Better to estimate high than low.

    Just make sure you have proper slope running away from the house. 1 inch drop per 8 feet.

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