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Question DetailsAsked on 4/28/2017

how much will a full load of fill dirt cost with delivery in augusta, georgia

i need to fill in bare spots and erosion areas in my yard

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Here is a recent similar question about which types of vendors handle that - of course, if you want the repair work done also, then Landscaping would be the Search the List category. For a load of topsoil (10-15 cubic yards normally though trailer rigs up to 20-30 cy are available in most areas), I would expect around $300-450 ballpark in your area, delivered and dumped (include tailgate spreading with normal dumptruck if accessible for that), but not finish spread - thst would be up to you to level and rake out.

Bear in mind topsoil is best for lawn repair and "top-dressing" to give the lawn nutrients and growth media, but put in more than 3-4 inches thick and it will get boggy and settle a lot and pack down irregularly when walked on mowing/raking. For filling of significant low spots, settled utility trenches, gullying, up to a foot or two deep etc you are much better off filling with a driveway base material (commonly 1/2 or 3/4" maximum particle size crushed material), preferably compacted so it does not settle a lot.

If deeply gullied or wanting to do serious raising or levelling more than a foot or so thick in any quantity, or more than about 6-8 inches thick over a large area where you are talking multiple truckloads of material, normally cheaper to go with general or "common" fill about minus 2-3 inches in maximum dimension (generally max size not over about 1/3 to 1/4 the thickness of the fill being placed with that material) to roughly fill the depression or gully in bulk, then 3-4 inches of the driveway base to provide a more compact surface which the topsoil will not filter down into and which will not pop up large gravel and cobbles over the years, then topsoil over that. Course, if not doing many truckloads and you do not have much volume which could take the general or comon fill, rather than getting partial truckloads of the differnt materials there is nothing wrong with using the smaller particle base material for deeper areas - just commonly costs $3-10/cy more than common fill.

Leave enough space above the fill for the topsoil or sod in lawn areas. If not compacting (whcih you can genrally get away with if not over about 6-8 inches thick), filling to ground surface with the structural fill generally works, then letting it settle for a few months of rain or wastering before putting the topsoil and seed/sod on top of it.

Also - if the bare spots are possibly due to the soil being too compacted or densely matted with thatch (the lawn cuttings and dead plant matter), then you may need to aerate or thatch.

Also, since you mention erosion issues, if topsoiling or using a finer fill material, might need to rent a lawn roller for about $25/day (purchase cost about $200-250) to compact it down to reduce erosion - or if steeper than about 10% slope maybe plan on putting down biodegradable erosion control mat or straw cover to protect it till the grass comes up.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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