# top soil question

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

1. ### Laidback03LawnSite Memberfrom Venice, FloridaMessages: 53

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. ### PlatinumLandConLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Toronto, OntarioMessages: 1,315

5/8 of a cubic yard.

3. ### Laidback03LawnSite Memberfrom Venice, FloridaMessages: 53

how many bags at 40lb each is that?

4. ### fox9988LawnSite Memberfrom Fayetteville, ARMessages: 25

14.875 cu.ft.

5. ### PlatinumLandConLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Toronto, OntarioMessages: 1,315

I dunno the volume of the bags.

6. ### NC GreenscaperLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Coastal North CarolinaMessages: 446

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 GreenscaperLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Coastal North CarolinaMessages: 446

Correction. Bad math I meant .5 yards

8. ### Skimastr105LawnSite Senior Memberfrom Okemos / East Lansing, MichiganMessages: 293

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. ### PlatinumLandConLawnSite Bronze Memberfrom Toronto, OntarioMessages: 1,315

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

10. ### PHSLawnSite Senior Memberfrom LouisianaMessages: 724

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.