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Question DetailsAsked on 2/27/2015

how much does 2 cubic yes of clean dirt normally cost

The cost of 2 cubic yards of clean dirt

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The dirt itself - maybe $5-15/CY for common through structural fill, or $12-20/CY for topsoil. About twice that price from a landscaping supply yard or lumberyard that sells small quantities, loaded in your pickup or trailer. These prices assume suburban/rural area - inner cities can be more because of hal distances.

For delivery, because this is a small fraction of a dumptruck load, you are looking for a Landscaping or Hauler or Topsoil (Search the List cstegories) vendor or landscaping supply yard that picks up and delivers small loads of fill or topsoil - typically about $40-75 delivery charge per load of 1-2 CY in his local delivery area, so you are looking at probably around $40-60/CY ballpark, delivered to a place he can get with the truck to dump it. Course, if you have a friend with a "working" pickup or utility trailer then you can pick up a 1/2 yard or so at a time at local source (landscaping yard or quarry/gravel pit) and deliver it yourself. Bear in mind a CY of common fill weighs about a ton and a half, topsoil about a ton to ton and a half depending on sand content and moisture, so even 1/2 CY is a full load for a normal 1/2 or 3/4 ton pickup (up through say 150/1500 model) - check rating nameplate.

Full dumptruck load (10-15 CY typically for dumptruck without trailer) generally runs to about $15-20/CY range for general/construction fill or about $25-30/CY for topsoil - plus or minus about $5/CY.

FYI - If considering moving this yourself - a large size contractor's wheelbarrow (the large deep ones with real inflated tire, not the little flat gardening ones with solid tires) hold about 6 CF (cubic feet, here are 27CF in a CY), which is unmanageable for most people, so average load is probably about 3-4CF/trip, or about 13-18 trips for your 2CY; or about 80-100 trips for a 12CY "standard" dumptruck load. I figure 80 on the flat in decent ground, 100 trips insoft ground, wet grass, or with some uphill or steep downhill sections. Little garden size one about twice that many trips though if doing a truckload (instead of 2CY) rent or buy or borrow a contractor's size one - the little flat garden ones cut into the lawn/soil and tip easily, do not roll as nicely, and have lower handles so very hard on your back or if you lift the handles up to waist height for ease, then dump over forward easily if you hit a rock or soft spot. Not worth the aggravation.

When ordering, consider that you are doing with the fill - to fill in a big sinkhole or ravine, then General or Common fill up to say 6 inch will work. (Note in most areas any fill over 3 [most common] to 6 feet thick (depending on locale) requires a building permit). For final cover over such a coarse sized common fill or for a thin low spot or hole, generally you want the local specification for street/driveway base material which will typically be 3/4" or maybe 1" minus material. For growing lawn in, you want 1-4 inches of topsoil (depending on how hard lawn grows in your area and type of dirt below it and drought risks), or in areas without viable local topsoil sources typically a 25-50% mix of sand with organic material like peat or sedge or shredded stripping cut. (Stripping cut is the vegetation (including noncommercial trees) and organic top layer from stripping land for development, shredded and screened to generate a simulated topsoil but has a lot more pieces of wood and undecayed material in it).

And of course be there to inspect it upon delivery BEFORE it is dumped - so you don't get construction debris or fuel contaminated soil or such.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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