How much dirt

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by driggy, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. driggy

    driggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I have a customer that wants to raise an area 27' x 60' by 6"
    I figured 30yds. seems like a lot of product, are my calculations right? Will have to move by wheelbarrow, how much should we charge? We will probably have to seed. All help will be appreciated.
  2. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Messages: 204

    you will need approx 32.40 yards of loam. Ten you charge your hourly fee. I charge 50.00 per man hour for dirt hauling. Good luck with that wheelbarrow. Rent a skid steer.
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    driggy--your math is correct.

    you might want to check on renting one of the motorized wheel barrow type things.

  4. driggy

    driggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Skid steer wont fit through gate. Thanks for input.
  5. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,050

  6. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    1 yard per hour per man if you don't have to wheel more than 100' and the ground is level and even.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Economically, go with 16 yds. of fill, and 16.5 yards of topsoil. This will give you around 3" of each. This can save you money, which means more money for you.
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    yep around 32...we just did 20 tons of stone to a yard that was fenced. We asked if we could take the fence down....then used the really dont want to manhandle 32 tons. You didnt mention a fence so I'm just making an assumption.

    I;m at a point in my life where I just dont want to move that much material by hand...and the "kids" dont like to do it
  9. driggy

    driggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Thank You for all your replies. This site is always so helpful
  10. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Let me make sure that I under stand this. You plan on moving 30+ yards of soil with a wheelbarrow? I'd either have to take the fence down and use a tractor, or just tell them "sorry, I can't do it".

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