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Question DetailsAsked on 7/18/2017

is there someone that can add loam to my yard, my lawn is down to dirt

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Just for delivered topsoil, Mulch and Topsoil is the Search the List category to find a well-rated and reviewed vendor for this. Since you are evidently talking a large amount, I would find a place they have used the topsoil you are talking about getting - or the location of the source, so you can go see it BEFORE delivery - sort of hard to pick up and remove a load that has been dropped off and you then find is full or rocks, roots, mud, petroleum contamination, etc.

If you want it both delivered and applied as a topdressing landscaping would be your normal category. Topdressing is usually done at about 1/4" thickness to avoid smothering it, though with loose, non-compacting loam sometimes up to 1/2" is applied at a time (especially over-winter so the new grass comes up through it in spring) - but that thick a layer is generally not recommended this late in the summer if your area does not have year-around gowing season.

Pay close attention to your numbers - I have seen ordering everything from 1/4 CY to 1000 CY to top-dress their lawn because of math errors - remember a CY (cubic yard) = 27 cubic feet, so 1 CY at 1/4" thickness covers about 1000-1300 SF, or a square about 32-36 feet on a side. A normal sized lawn (say about 8000 SF) might take about 6 CY - or about half a normal large sized dumptruck full.

Bear in mind if spreading this yourself that there is typically a $50-150 delivery charge, so if looking at doing several layers or some additional gardening or such as well, youo per CY cost will go down if you order enough for the entire job and maybe a stockpile for future use as well - I get full truckloads for our yard when we have a major project in the works and then maintain an 8x8' landscape timber crib with about 6 CY of topsoil as a reserve - limiting deliveries to just times when a major project is in the works, but getting the delivered cost down to about $20-25/CY.

You can get info on ballpark pricing for both small (a ton or two) and full truckload or more quantities in the Lawn & Garden > Landscaping Materials link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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