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Help with hole in the ground

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tahufford61, May 19, 2006.

  1. tahufford61

    tahufford61 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am getting ready to give an estimate tommorrow on a hole that is 10ft by 8ft by 4 feet deep, how do I figure out how much top soil it will require. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Total fill should be 320 foot cubed. divided by 27 = 11.85. 12 yards of fill.
  3. GreenCutsLawnCare

    GreenCutsLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Calculating volume
    length x width x depth = cubic feet
    1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet
    10 x 8 x 4 = 320 cubic feet
    320 / 27 = 11.9 yards

    I hope this helps.. I would get a little more than 12 yards if I were you because once things are compacted than you might still be left with a hole.
  4. RD592

    RD592 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    12yds X 1.5 For compaction factor. So you are looking at about 18 yards @ semi compacted material.
  5. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    if its an area that is not going to be planted, i would use some fill material. then top soil over it...like the people said, 11 to 12 yds, so i would get 7 yds of fill , and top dress it with 5yds of good top soil..this saves you some money on the install...most people dont care just dont fill it with stones or waste material.. i like to use sand fill.. if its going to be planted other then lawn, dont do it!!
  6. wski4fun

    wski4fun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    If you need to plant just grass, all you need is 2 yds loam and the rest can be fill. Just make sure you do several lifts and water while you are filling or use a compactor.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Ponds are very profitable, Bring your hose--fill the hole with water- $3500.00 for creating a pond-

    VWBOBD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

  9. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    Dont Forget The Goldfish!!!
  10. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    Tell the customer another yard or two might have to brought in after it settles good. Then you are covered if it happens.

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