At Dirt Cheap, we often have customers ask us questions about how much a yard of our product will cover for their home, how to measure a yard in their garden, how much a yard will weigh, and so on.
If you’re like most of our customers, you’re probably asking these question because you want to deliver straight to your garden — and you’re trying to figure out how much to order online!
We’ll make it easy for you make your decision! In this blog, we’ll share some insight into how far one yard of soil or mulch will spread in your garden or on your lawn, as well as some other common questions.
How much does a yard of soil cover?
When dealing with garden soil, a cubic yard will cover an area of 100 sq. ft. at a recommended depth of 3 inches. When using the soil for topdressing your lawn, a cubic yard will cover 1200 sq. ft at a depth of a quarter inch. The depths suggested are to ensure you get the most out of our products, in terms of coverage as well as the best results.
How much does a yard of mulch cover?
Mulch is the same as topsoil. In a garden, it will cover an area of 100 sq. ft at a depth of 3 inches. As we mentioned above, this depth is recommended to get the best results out of the product, in terms of both results and coverage.
How many bags of soil make up a yard?
At Dirt Cheap, we sell mini-bags in full or half yards quantities, which can be delivered straight to your garden. You don’t have to worry about how many mini-bags to order — simply select whether you want a full or half yard and we’ll get you the right amount. Bulk delivery is available in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas.
How do you measure a yard of dirt?
To measure a cubic yard of dirt in your garden, you take the length and width of the plot of land where you want to place the soil (in feet). Then you figure out your desired depth of dirt (in inches and convert to feet). Depth will likely depend on whether it is your garden or your lawn (see above for recommended depths).
Multiply the three numbers together and this will give you the number of cubic feet required. Finally, divide by 27 (the number of cubic feet in a cubic yard) to find the cubic yards of dirt required for your order.
For example, you want to fill a plot of land measuring 12 ft. by 9 ft with soil at a depth of 3 inches, as recommended for a garden. This will require exactly 27 cubic feet of soil (12 x 9 = 108 and 3/12=0.25, so 108 x 0.25 = 27). This will be equally to exactly 1 cubic yard of soil. Your garden probably won’t be so exact, but you can get an estimate of your required product.
Don’t want to bother with the math? Try this handy online calculator for cubic yards instead.
How much does a yard of topsoil weigh?
A yard of topsoil will weigh different amounts, depending on the dampness of the soil. In general, a yard of topsoil can range from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds.
At Dirt Cheap, we deliver your dirt straight to your garden, so you don’t have to worry about figuring out how much you can haul in your truck.
How much does it cost for a truckload of dirt?
The cost of a truckload of dirt will vary depending on the type of product that you are ordering. You can also mix-and-match bulk deliveries with other bagged or bulk products, such as grass seed, mulch, and aggregates.
I hope this guide helps everyone when deciding on how much product to order. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-866-793-9830 or contact us here.