Questions and Answers About Our Topsoil
WHAT IS PULVERIZED TOPSOIL?
Pulverized topsoil has been screened and pulverized until it is fine and loose. All of the lumps have been broken up, and there is very minimal debris. The aeration process makes it lightweight and very easy to work with. Moving it with a shovel or rake or leveling it out becomes a much simpler task.
HOW IS TOPSOIL PULVERIZED? 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.
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TOPSOIL
CAN YOU LOAD MY PICKUP TRUCK?
YES. We will load almost anything !
We load hundreds of pick-ups of every size and kind.
We load it directly onto your truck or trailer with skid steers.
A valuable tip: make sure your tires are properly inflated before coming out. If you are not sure, we can check them for you. If you do need a tire aired up we will be happy to do that for you.
HOW MUCH TOPSOIL CAN I PUT IN MY PICKUP TRUCK?
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 tend to haul as much as they can hold, which can be up to 2 cubic yards. A full-size pickup will generally hold 2 - 3 scoops. 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.
HOW MUCH TOPSOIL CAN YOU DELIVER?
We can deliver up to 18 cubic yards at a time.
We deliver Monday through Saturday.
We will deliver any size order. Our loose topsoil is sold at a minimum of 1/4 cubic yard.
WHEN YOU DELIVER A LOAD TO MY HOUSE, WHERE WILL YOU DUMP IT?
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 drive.
We understand that moving topsoil is hard work, and we will do whatever we can to place it where it is most convenient for you, but remember that all deliveries made within the curb line are at the homeowner's risk. No, we don't have a slinger.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE YOUR TOPSOIL?
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.
HOW MUCH DOES TOPSOIL WEIGH?
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.
To keep our topsoil as dry as possible, we cover each of our huge stock piles with plastic.
DO YOU SELL TOPSOIL IF IT IS RAINING?
Generally, if it is raining we don't sell or deliver due to the absorbent nature of topsoil. Too much moisture makes it heavy and muddy. If you are in doubt, call us at (740) 653.3447 and we will check it's condition for you.
HOW CAN I FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH TOPSOIL I NEED?
To figure out how much topsoil you need, 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 quantity.
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.
HOW MUCH TOPSOIL DO I NEED TO FILL IN AROUND MY FOUNDATION?
To figure out how much topsoil you need, you multiply length x width x depth and then divide by 2.
Example: if the soil is sunken down 4 inches 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, you multiply your measurements together: .3333 ft x 100 ft x 4 feet = 133.2 cubic feet.
Because you are grading the soil out 4 feet into your yard, the measurement begins at the depth of 4 inches beside your foundation to a depth of zero where it levels out into your yard. That make the average depth half of .333.
To get the correct answer divide 133.2 in half, giving you a measurement 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: 3 x 3 x 3= 27. The amount of topsoil you need is 2.46 cubic yards.
WHAT TYPES OF TOPSOIL DO YOU SELL?
In this case, "clean" means environmentally clean - free from contaminants - including corrosive, combustible, noxious, zootoxic, reactive, or radioactive materials.
Some of the reasons people want clean fill 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, to replenish soils lost to erosion, or to simply obtain some suitable material for a sub-foundation where otherwise a site may not support construction.
Topsoil that has been back-dragged 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.
PULVERIZED, OR "SCREENED"
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.
HOW CAN I TELL IF A TOPSOIL IS ANY GOOD?
Organic materials in topsoil is what sets it apart from subsoil and makes it valuable for agriculture, home gardening, and lawns. The more organic substances the topsoil contains, the more nutrients it provides.
You can reasonably judge the quality of topsoil by observing it's color and texture.
Topsoil with a higher organic structure has a darker color than subsoil, which has a lighter, more yellowish color.
You can evaluate topsoil texture by feeling the soil in your hands. Good topsoil has a fine, granular, crumbly texture. Subsoil is coarse, gritty, and hard. Grittiness may also indicate a sandy soil, whereas a texture that is too smooth is a sign of clay soil.
Whatever your type of topsoil, adding soil amendments such as organic leaf humus and mushroom compost help boost the soil texture, nutrients, and overall health of the soil - and your vegetation and lawn will thank you.
WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF YOUR TOPSOIL?
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.