TOPSOIL Q & A's
QUESTION: What is topsoil ?
Answer: Topsoil is the upper layer of the Earth's crust, usually the top 2 to 8 inches. It has the highest concentration of microorganisms and organic matter and is where most of the soil's biological activity occurs. Plants generally sink their roots into and obtain most of their nutrients from this rich layer.
QUESTION: How much topsoil do I need ?
Answer: To figure out how much topsoil you need, you need to measure the area that is to be filled. The measurements you need are the length, width and depth. Once you find those values, you simply multiply them together to get a cubic quanitity.
For example: You build a flower box that is 10 feet long, 3 feet wide and 1 foot deep. To find the volume, simply multiply these three values together: 10 x 3 x 1= 30 cubic feet. We sell topsoil by the cubic yard which is 3 x 3 x 3 which equals 27 cubic feet.
QUESTION: How much topsoil do I need to fill in around my foundation?
Answer: To figure out how much topsoil you need, you need you multiply length x width x depth and then divide by 2. For an example, if the soil is sunken down 4 inches (1/3 ft) at your house's foundation and the foundation is 100 feet long, and you need to grade the soil out from the foundation 4 feet, then you need to multiply your measurements together: .3333 ft x 100 ft x 4 feet= 133.2 cubic feet. But because you are grading the soil out 4 feet into the yard to a depth of zero, the average depth is half of .333'
To get the correct answer, divide 133.2 in half giving you the correct answer of 66.6 cubic feet. To turn this into cubic yards, you need to divide 66.6 by 27, because there are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard (3x3x3=27). The amount of topsoil you need is 2.46 cubic yards.
QUESTION: When you deliver a load to my house, where will you dump it?
Answer: We will try to dump it where you want it, but because dump trucks are large and heavy, they are limited to where they can dump. We will try and put it wherever you need it, but remember that all deliveries made within the curb line are at the homeowner's risk.
QUESTION: How much does topsoil weigh?
Answer: One cubic yard of topsoil generally weighs about one ton (2000 pounds). Topsoil weight can vary greatly due to moisture content. In the dryness of the summer, the weight of a cubic yard of soil can drop down to around 1700 pounds, while in the spring when soil is damper, one cubic yard may weigh well over one ton. We cover each of our huge stock piles with plastic to keep them dry.
QUESTION: Can you load my pick-up?
Answer: Yes. We will load almost anything ! We load hundreds of pick-ups every year that are of every size and kind. One tip is to make sure your tires are properly inflated before coming out. If you do need a tire aired up, we will be happy to do that for you.
QUESTION: How much topsoil can I put in my pick-up truck?
Answer: Most 1/2 ton pickups, which include F150's and 1500's, can safely haul about 1 cubic yard (one ton) as a maximum limit. Pick-up trucks at 3/4 and 1 ton tend to haul as much as they can hold, which can be up to 2 cubic yards. Smaller pickup trucks like a 1/4 ton truck vary on their weight capacities. We load all trucks slowly and watch how they handle the weight.
QUESTION: Do you sell topsoil if it is raining?
Answer: Generally, if it is raining we don't sell or deliver due to the nature of topsoil. Topsoil is very good at absorbing moisture, and too much moisture makes it heavy and muddy. If you are in doubt, call us at (740) 653.3447 and we will check its condition for you.
HOW TO KNOW IF IT IS GOOD TOPSOIL
The presence of organic materials in topsoil is what sets it apart from subsoil and makes it a vital component of productive agriculture, your flower bed, and a lush green lawn. The more organic substances the topsoil contains, the more nutrients it provides.
If organic material is inadequate, it can be boosted with the addition of organic amendments like peat moss, mushroom compost, and leaf humus.
You can reasonably judge the quality of organic substances in topsoil by observing color and texture. Topsoil with a dark color and granular structure is generally ideal for cultivation.
Good topsoil has a fine texture, contrasting with the coarser structure found in subsoil layers. You can evaluate topsoil structure by feeling the texture of soil in your hands. Coarse particles indicate the soil is sandy, while smooth particles are signs of clay soil. A crumbly texture is ideal for seed beds and gardens.
Soil texture is a vital component of topsoil quality because it determines the soil’s water-holding capacity and the ease of working the soil (tilth). Beware of hard soils, which may have too little organic content or too much clay. No matter your type of topsoil, adding soil amendments such as organic leaf humus helps to boost the soil texture, nutrients and overall health of the soil - and your vegetation and lawn will thank you.
HOW IS TOPSOIL
We use a Royer 264, a 6000 lb. diesel hydraulic-system machine specifically designed to shred, screen, pulverize, aerate, and compost organic material such as topsoil, compost, peat, sand, and loam in one single machine.
GOOD TO KNOW . . .
We sell topsoil by the cubic yard.
One cubic yard equals two scoops.
A scoop refers to the bucket on the front of a skid steer when it is full and leveled out.
We load it directly onto your truck or trailer with skid steers.
A full-size pickup will generally hold 2 - 3 scoops.
Our loose topsoil is sold at a minimum of 1/4 cubic yard.
We deliver up to 6 cubic yards at a time.
We will deliver any size order.
We delivery Monday through Saturday.
No, we don't have a slinger.
We do not haul the shredder out to any site but our own.
We do not loan or rent out the shredder. Ever.
THE DIFFERENT WAYS WE SELL OUR DIRT
In this case, "clean" means environmentally clean - free from contaminants, including corrosive, combustible, noxious, zootoxic, reactive, or radioactive materials. Some reasons people want it is to raise the elevation of a lot in order to make it more suitable for construction, change the contours of a construction site to improve drainage, replenish soils lost to erosion, or to simply obtain some suitable material for a subfoundation where otherwise a site may not support construction.
Topsoil that has been backdragged with a skid steer to break up most clumps. Great for filling deep holes, in tilled gardens, or where you need a firmer ground density.
Screened and Pulverized
ALL of our pulverized topsoil has no sticks, no rocks, no sand, no compost, no chemicals, and no additives.
Our bagged topsoil also contains peat moss. It is top quality, and we sell it in convenient 40 lb. bags.
ALL OF OUR SOIL FIELDS are tested by professional soil scientists for the nutrient content before we process them into topsoil, so we are confident that the end product will make your lawn, flowerbeds, and vegetable gardens grow strong and healthy.