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Question DetailsAsked on 5/12/2017

Where can I buy a truck load of soil for a berm in my yard and to fill in holes? What will be the cost?

I want to build a berm up to plant bushes and flowers. I have some low places I want to fill in in my yard and around the edges.

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Here are some previous similar questions with answers FYI -

Note that if more than 4 inches deep or so, topsoil is not a good fill for low spots - will get and stay boggy in most areas, make for mud tracking, and rut badly. Use general/common fill to bring the low spot almsot up to grasde (or generally to grade if not compacting) then topsoil and/or sod over that to grow lawn. If not compacting the fill, assume probably 10% settlement over time - more like 15-20% can occur with silty or clayey soil, or with sand placed quite dry.

If you are looking at the berm to retain/divert surface water, then should be made of material with a fair amount of fines - "dirt" as opposed to clean gravel or crushed rock. Ditto as a planter bed - if more than the needed topsoil depth (typically 6-12 inches for shrubs and trees,, then a common "dirt" fill to build the berm up first would be what you want. Note if using such material for the berm (as opposed to very free-draining sand or gravel) to be sure it does not trap runoff water and oversaturate the plants, or back water up near the house where it can cause damage or wet crawlspace/basement.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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