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Question DetailsAsked on 11/13/2016

I need 5000 cubic feet of peat/organic top soil to Hamlet, NC

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Mulch and Topsoil would be your Search the List category for this - or Landscaping if you want it placed and dressed as well. And when talking to people about this, say you want 185 cubic yards (there are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard) because that is the way it is sold and trucked - you don't want someone writing 5000 CY on the order by mistake and end up with several hundred truckloads of topsoil, instead of the 10-20 (depending on truck size) you are looking for.

And double-check your calculations - 185 yards is a lot of topsoil unless you are putting in a whole large yard worth of lawn - say the better part of an acre worth, or a LOT of planter beds.

And consider (if not having them spread it too) whether there is direct truck access to where you want to use it, or where they are going to dump it if stockpiling and then moving it yourself with a rented bobcat or such. 185 yards takes up a lot of room just truck-dumped - probably about a 40-50 foot square area all in one pile as-dumped - more if delivered by side-dumper trailer.

You said peat/organic topsoil - be sure to specify exactly what you want, because there is a major difference between peat (good for some types of plantings but the pits for lawn base) and organic topsoil. For the quantity you are talking about, I would also take a look at the actual material you will be getting BEFORE it is ordered, because "topsoil" is not well defined so what you get may not be what you expected - especially in areas where good topsoil is scarce (should not be a problem in your area to find good topsoil) or if you hit a contractor who happens to have a land clearing job where he wants to get rid of a bunch of material. Soil reports from your area state "topsoil" varies from very clayey or almost pure sand - so just asking for "topsoil" who knows what you will get. Can sometimes have a lot of gravel or chopped up tree debris in it - can even be lumpy sod or rocky soil in some areas - so you want to look at it, or when contractors come to look at the job to bid (if this involves spreading it too) tell them to bring a sample 5 gallon bucket of the material they are proposing or swing by with a truckload they are taking to some other job for you to look at before you accept it. And on delivery day, you should be there to see they are not mixing in loads of unacceptable material or demolition debris, fuel or oil-contaminated soil, garbage or trash, unshredded land clearing debris, subsoil from digging too deep, etc. Not that many contractors are crooks like that - but once it is dumped on your land it is AWFULLY hard to get them to pick it up and haul it away as unsuitable.

Also consider what it is being used for - true good quality native topsoil should commonly (unless from a pretty sandy area) be mixed about 50% with sand to make it a loam because most organic topsoils are at least somewhat clayey and sticky and hard to work, compact down too tight for best root development, and retain too much moisture (that can be good for dry area lawns, though not much of an issue in your area). And if it derives from peat or land clearing or such it should be multi-pass shredded and screened so the tree and brush debris are small and so the gravel and stones are removed.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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