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Berm Calculations

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kemmer, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    How would i calculate how much soil i need for a berm? would i just use length x width x depth? and calculate it as a box?
  2. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    1 yard of top soil can be compared to the size of a washing machine. Of course you will have setteling involved. Most topsoil companies that deliver will usually have a minimum delivery of 5 or 6 yards, which is a decent sized pile.
  3. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    What is a berm?
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yes snowyleaf
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    A berm is a level space seperating two features.A long firm mounded line of earth.
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    a berm is basically a half of a cylinder.
    r squared X Pi legnth/2
    radius is the height. pi is 3.14

    if it is short and wide (half of an oval)
    then use Pi*a*b /2

    height X width X 3.14/2

    tis will be the volume in cubic feet ( make sure you are measuting in feet)
    then divide this by 27 for cubic yards.
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Or half of an Avatar, depending on who you are.
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    oops, forgot to say that you ave to multiply by legnth on the second one...

    Pi X W X H X l /2
    3.14 X width X height X legnth divided by 2
    then divide by 27 yo get the yards
  9. wi-dogfish

    wi-dogfish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    This is what my wife calls her berm. This is kind of a test, I've been reading a lot the last couple of years but haven't posted alot. I've been out playing in the dirt for the last two summers. I just wanted to see how to post a pic, once i figure this out i can ask some questions. This area looks quite a bit different now, It's all covered in woodchips and i have grass, yeah. now i just have to figure out what to plant on it. I have spuce trees across the top and 7 or 8 crabs across the middle. I want to plant alot of bushes and decorative grass and live in WI, I think zone 4. I show you this pic if it works and will go take a few more new pictures here tomorrow and see what you guys think.
  10. wi-dogfish

    wi-dogfish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    OK, that didn't work, i'll try it again. Hmmm i figure the file is to big, i will go take some more pic's tomorrow night and try again.:dizzy:

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