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Question DetailsAsked on 5/2/2016

where can i get 20.4 cubic yards of back fill dirt in vallejo ca. delivered, and how much is the cost?

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Topsoil - Mulch and Topsoil is your Search the List category. For gravel or common fill, Stone and Gravel I believe is what the category is called.

Consider up front if you will have use for a stockpile of extra materials for future uses - because common dumptruck sizes run from 10-15cy for single dumpbed trucks (up to about 20-25cy for tractor and dump trailer), and because the delivery fee is typically $100-200 range depending on local costs and haul distance and can be up to half or so the total cost of a truckload, it makes sense to get full loads rather than partials if you can use the extra material in the future. For instance, in your case, if the provider has a 12CY truck you could get a 12CY load and a 9CY load for your 21CY, but on the second load if say $150 delivery fee and $10/CY material you would be talking $240 for the second load or $27/CY versus about $23/CY on that second load. Unless your entire yard is going to be manicured, it can be REAL handy to have a common structural fill and a covered (to limit weed, grass and tree volunteers and cats) topsoil pile in reserve in your yard. One other thing - if you find a contractor with a dumptruck and pup (a smaller towed trailer) and you are not looking at him getting the truck into a tight area or backing up very far, that might give you 20CY in one trip, eliminating one trip charge. Don't remember if California allows that large a truck and pup combo or not - might be close on weight limits.

Cost for the fill material itself can run from as low as $5-10/CY if the contractor has a source where they are getting rid of excavated material (be sure to check on exactly what its condition is if not coming from a production pit), to more commonly $12-15/CY for common fill or gravel, and $15-40/CY for topsoil depending on local availability.

Remember you generally do not want more than 1 to maybe 2 inches of topsoil (depending on whether underlying soil can support vegetation) for lawns or it will get lumpy and boggy, so generally you want a compacted 1/2" or 3/4" minus fill like a driveway base material for general fill, with topsoil over that.

Bear in mind when talking to them about truck size how they will get to where you want it dumped and whether they can get there or not (including overhead obstructions to dumping like powerlines or trees or roof overhang), or if you will have to have it dumped on the drive or lawn to wheelbarrow from there. Note if dumped on driveway you will get some minor scratches from shoveling it up from there (or maybe more than minor if done with bobcat or such), so if your drive is pristine or made of grasspavers or such consider that. Also not a great idea to bring a loaded dumptruck onto your drive if avoidable - can crack it up.

In your case, if looking at levelling or filling some low spots and then growing lawn, it might turn out you need one load of common or structural fill, with the second being topsoil instead, for instance.

If you want it hauled in with a bobcat or such and spread then some of the above contractors can do that or tell you who can, otherwise Excavation or Landscaping would be your Search the List category. Course, that costs more, especially if a fence has to be opened up to provide access.

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