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Question DetailsAsked on 8/28/2017

Need 3.5 cu yd of soil Sunnyvale ca 94086

I need 3.5 cu yd of good planting soil for a planter. Need it delivered to sunnyvale, ca

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Good sized planter - that is 100SF of planter area a foot deep.

You can find typical costs in the Lawn & Garden - Landscaping Materials link under Browse Projects, at lower left. TYpically about $15-30/CY though up to $50/CY in areas where it is not commonly available, plus typically $50-125 per load delivery charge (normally lower end for the tiltbed pickup delivery guys who delier a yard or two at a time, higher end for full size dumptruck loads.

Mulch and Topsoil is the Search the List category for vendors - personally I go look at the source first before ordering, because legally topsoil is just that - the top soil layer, which might be anything from peat to organic debris to concentrated rocks, and since a lot of it comes from construction site stripping, it is not uncommon to get a lot of shredded tree debris and sod in teh mix, as well as varying amounts of pea gravel, even if it is processed and screened, and can run from very sandy to quite "fat" and clayey - neighter of which are good for a planter.

If you are in an area with clayey topsoil, sometimes you are better off (though 3.5CY is a lot to do this way) making your own (or blending with some native soil) using the cheap large bales of peat from WalMart and, depending on organic content of native soil and how clayey or sticky it is, some bagged potting soil from WalMart and some bags of sand from your local building materials source. For small quantities that can be cheaper than buying a yard or two plus the delivery fee, assuming you have a pickup or SUV or such to transport the bagged material. Commonly about 50% native soil (unless rocky or just gravel) and 50% amendments in combination you select based on soil condition makes a pretty good planter bed soil.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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