# Help with hole in the ground

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

1. ### tahufford61LawnSite Memberfrom altoona, paMessages: 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. ### LindblomRJLawnSite Silver Memberfrom Rapid City, South DakotaMessages: 2,570

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

3. ### GreenCutsLawnCareLawnSite Memberfrom Simcoe, OntarioMessages: 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. ### RD592LawnSite Memberfrom Reserve, LouisianaMessages: 70

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

5. ### scagwildcatLawnSite Senior Memberfrom 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. ### wski4funLawnSite Senior Memberfrom Needham, MAMessages: 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.

7. ### PMLAWNLawnSite Gold Memberfrom Mooresville NCMessages: 3,534

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

8. ### VWBOBDLawnSite Memberfrom CHATSWORTH GA.Messages: 223

I LIKE IT!!, DO IT AND ADD A LITTLE SPURTING FOUNTAIN AND SOME DUCKS AND CHARGE \$5000.00

9. ### scagwildcatLawnSite Senior Memberfrom nw. ct.Messages: 507

Dont Forget The Goldfish!!!

10. ### Jay RayLawnSite Fanaticfrom d"Iberville MSMessages: 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.