top soil question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Laidback03, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Laidback03

    Laidback03 LawnSite Member
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    i need to put top soil down and need to know how many bags i will need.

    17 ft in length
    3.5 ft in width
    3 inches in depth

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    5/8 of a cubic yard.
     
  3. Laidback03

    Laidback03 LawnSite Member
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    how many bags at 40lb each is that?
     
  4. fox9988

    fox9988 LawnSite Member
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    14.875 cu.ft.
     
  5. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I dunno the volume of the bags.
     
  6. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
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    Most of those bags you buy at the big box stores are .5 cu ft. You need 14.875 cu. ft or 1.6 cu yds. go buy it in bulk if you can. Otherwise it looks as if you need 30 bags.
     
  7. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
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    Correction. Bad math I meant .5 yards
     
  8. Skimastr105

    Skimastr105 LawnSite Senior Member
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    buy in bulk if you can. a half yard of bulk topsoil costs 6-8 dollars where I am. I would imagine you would spend well over $50 buying in bags.
     
  9. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's Tru. Dump it in the truck, takes 10 mins to unload. Cost maybe $15 because its such a small amount.
     
  10. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
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    A cu yd is 27 cu ft. 14.875 cu ft equals about .55 cu yds and round up a smidge to have a little extra and you are around 5/8 (.625)(16.875 cu ft) of a cu yd like the first answer. Most bagged materials at garden centers are 1.5-3 cu ft, so if the bag size 2 cu ft divide that into 16.875 and you end up buying 9 bags. If you go by the exact calculations 8 bags would cover it but an extra trip to the store for 1 bag if you need it is a ridiculous time waster.
     

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