## Offering residential and commercial demolition, hauling and topsoil delivery in San Antonio

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**How much topsoil do I need?**

Many times we get asked the question, exactly how much topsoil do I need? Well the simple answer to the question is what are you using the soil for? Topsoil has many uses from filling in a hole, to planting a garden, or even a new yard. Depending on what you are using the soil for and how much of an area you are covering will depend on how much soil is needed to complete the job.

**CALCULATIONS**

To determine the amount of materials you need in cubic yards, you must first convert all three dimensions to the same unit of measurement. Every yard of dirt has 27 cubic feet. So take the area you want to cover and convert it into feet then divide that number by 27. So for example you want to fill in an area 6 inches X 6 inches and make it 6 inches depth. (6 inches / 12 (feet into inches) = 0.5 feet) so (0.5 X 0.5 X 0.5 = 0.125 cu feet. Divide the cubic feet by the number of feet in a cubic yard to find out how many yards are needed: 0.125 / 27 = 0.0046 yards. Which is one bag of soil at your nearest hardware store, you should be covering a bigger area however you get the point. The much easier way is to visit a website such as http://www.topsoilcalculator.net/ to find your answer.

**PLANTING SOD**

Planting sod is a common practice in the south Texas region for many reason. 1st and most important is that the growing season where the weather is not to hot nor too cold is only a couple of months. On a normal year it is ideal to plant sod in the early spring, being late March early April depending on the type of sod being planted. When planting sod it is important to add topsoil or to tiller the ground being used to plant. When laying down new topsoil you should use a minimum soil depth of 4 inches however for the best deep root establishment 6 inches is preferred.