Its a poor truck that you can not put some dirt in the bed and wash it out
with a hose when it is empty.
I never did understand why someone would buy a truck and be afraid to put
something in the bed. I have a small Toyota that has a bed made out of
something like fiberglass. The outside of the truck looks fine, but I haul
what ever I want to with it. Other trucks can have a liner sprayed in that
is tough and can be redone if needed.
Because judging by how many are on the road most smaller size trucks are
bought and used as cars. This includes the various fluffed up SUV
permutations. As an example the people who live behind us have a giant
dual wheel 700 HP 290,000lb towing capacity truck and it has never
transported more than a large beverage and a bag of groceries.
On Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:13:52 AM UTC-4, MICHELLE H. wrote:
Keep in mind, 54 bags per yard.
You actually WANT the debris and rocks, it will fill better compact less drain
better and be less prone to washing away in a rainstorm, before you can
establish sod on top.
If you absolutely must use bagged and have talked yourself into believing that
no other solution is possible, then use the cheapest heaviest stuff you can get.
MICHELLE H.;3044936 Wrote:
> Just to get an accurate measurement, I went out there today with a tape
That's between 1 and 1 1/2 cubic yards of top soil. Probably the
cheapest way to fill that rut is if you know someone with a half ton
truck that would be willing to have it loaded into his truck and take it
to your property where you could simply shovel it off the back of the
truck into the rut.
With your new figures you have (40x3)/3 which equals 40 cubic feet. That's
about 1 1/2 cubic yards.
If the bags are 2 cubic feet, you would need 20 bags. Bulk is cheaper.
Last I bought 2-3 years ago was about $10 per yard and $30 for delivery.
I'm sure she's capable of working out the volume of soil needed,
It's just that she's not sure how to go about doing this in any way
except buying bags of top soil at her local home center, which would be
the most expensive way of doing it.
Michelle: If you know someone with a half ton truck (or a trailer that
could be towed behind a car), your cheapest solution would be to use
that truck or trailer to get the top soil home. At 1 to 1.5 cubic
yards, the delivery charge is going to end up being more than the top
soil you're buying.
But it doesn't matter because the net charge will be much less than
buying much more expensive bagged soil.
There are at least 3 places around here that will load a small dump
truck with soil/mulch/stone etc and drop it where you tell them for a
very reasonable charge. I am sure there is nothing unique about that.
Yeah, I want to get this long rut filled in so that I can plant a few
Arborvitaes there. My neighbors planted one in their yard last year. It
is a new variety called "Goldy Arborvitae". It is a slow growing
arborvitae that is green in the Spring and Summer, but turns a nice
Orange/Gold color in Winter. It grows about 1 foot per year, and gets
about 15 feet tall when full grown. I know that everyone raves about
"Emerald Green Arborvitaes" and "Green Giants", but everybody has
"Emeralds", and "Green Giants" get like 50 feet tall, and I don't want
something that big. I like the "Golden Arborvitae" because of the way
they change color in the Winter.
Thanks for all the great answers. Yeah, this looks to be a BIG job. ...
I'm just wondering, why did he make the flower bed so deep!? It's not
just 30 feet long, and 1-2 feet wide, but deep as well, about 1-2 feet!!
I assume he must have dug out all the soil, and probably used it for his
garden in the backyard??
Sound more like there must have been something larger there that was
removed/transplanted or somesuch. There's no reason a flower bed would
be below grade--it would end up drowning the flowers w/ decent probability.
Are you sure this isn't/wasn't a drainage-related feature? Where is the
water going to go that is being collected by the depression now--be sure
you don't all of a sudden have water running into the garage or
something after you fill this up.
As a practical matter assuming the above is resolved, if the
measurements are close to accurate this is between 2 and 3 cubic _yards_
of material required to fill it. That's going to be 30-40+ of those 2
cu-ft bags if you go the retail route which is ridiculously expensive.
Your only practical solution is have some topsoil delivered. if the
logistics of a large truck are indeed too cumbersome to deal with, find
a neighbor/friend w/ a pickup and go get a couple loads a weekend until
Well, that and I also strongly suspect HD-bought topsoil (4 or 5 bags) to be
responsible for a terrible outbreak of fungal disease (black leaves) that had
started around the time I bought the topsoil and by now (two years later) has
spread on *everything* in the backyard.
In many communities the topsoil companies will deliver a load with a dump
truck, some will deliver the topsoil in one cubic metre or one cubic yard
cloth bags. It takes a truck mounted crane to unload the bag cubes but they
can be placed in locations that a dump truck can't access and the big bag
keeps it contained so that it doesn't spread out all over the place, plus it
makes it easier to prevent neighbors from helping themselves to the soil for
their own uses.
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