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Question DetailsAsked on 3/15/2016

Where Can I Buy A Load Of Soil For My Garden , I Need At Lease One Truck Load Of Dirt The Good Soil For My flower B

I Have This Big Garden And I Need A Big Load Of Dirt To Fill It In and I Want To Know Where Can I Get Some Clean Dirt For My Flower Bed , My Garden Is Pretty Big And It Can Use About One Truck Load , But The Dirt Have To Be Clean Dirt For My Flowers .

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If you have access to a truck, or a trailer suitable for hauling dirt, you can often get a free load of decent soil from a local cemetery. It's usually free for the asking because they have to dispose of the excess dirt from the grave after a burial. Call the administrative office of the cemetery, and ask to speak to the maintenance department. That would be the guy who runs the backhoe.

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Answered 4 years ago by Guest_9456755


I don't know that I buy the cemetary source idea in general - they tend to set aside the topsoil for recovering the grave, and it is probably fairly rare that the soil to 5-6 feet down is suitable for gardens - you could end up with a lot of rocks, clay, or mud.

Mulch and Topsoil is the Search the List category for what you are after - or if you have a pickup (no topper) some plant centers and greenhouses have a skiploader and can load you up - which is about 1/2 cy load capacity for normal 1/2 to 3/4 ton pickups.

You say you need a BIG truckload - when talking to vendor you need to tell him how many cubic yards (27 cubic feet in a cubic yard) yuou need, because dumptrucks (including dump pickups) come from about 1 to 25 cubic yards per load depending on truck availability and road load restrictions. Also be sure to tell him if this is a simple pull in and dump or if needs to drive or back into a spot - trying to back a 45 foot MaxHaul or bellydump into a tight spot or across a lawn slope or soft soil can be a no-go.

For comparison to help you figure out how much you need - a sand bag is typically 1/2 cubic foot, a sack of concrete 1 cf, the large rectangular pop-open bales of potting soil or peat typically 2.5-3.5 cubic feet (bag size, not expanded contents volume). Or measure and total up the cubic footage (LxWxH) of the areas you want to fill.

Oh - and if driving across your lawn/yard, make sure delivery is not after significant rain, and don't water for a week before to minimize tire rutting and spinning in the grass/mud, and bear in mind if it is soft or the least squishy or leaves a full sole impression when you walk on it, probably too soft for a truck to drive on.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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