How to Calculate Topsoil Quantity

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Top soil is needed for many types of lawn care, gardening and landscaping projects. The amount of top soil needed varies depending on the amount of land that is to be covered. You do not want to miss on the amount since if you have too much, you will spend money that you did not need to, and if you use too little, you may not be able to adequately cover the land.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Internet connection

Rectangle Plot

  • Use a tape measure to find out the length, width and depth of the land that you would like to cover with top soil.

  • Go to your computer. Open an browser, type "www.csgnetwork.com/topsoilcalc.html" in the url field of your browser and hit "Enter".

  • Enter the measurements into the fields that are available. The fields consist of the "Width," the "Length" and "Thickness." You can also enter the cost of the soil.

  • Use each variable drop-down on the Web page. Pick whether the "Width," the "Length" and "Thickness" are in feet or inches and pick whether the soil is sold by the cubic yard or ton, in order to calculate "Soil Cost."

  • Hit the "Calculate" button. The next section below the variable fields will show how much top soil you will need.

Round plot

  • If you have a round or oblong shape to the land that you need to cover with top soil, the next section on the same page allows you to plug in those variables in terms of "Depth", "Average Diameter" and "Soil Cost."

  • Pick whether the "Depth" and "Average Diameter" are in feet or inches and pick whether the soil is sold by the cubic yard or ton.

  • Hit the "Calculate" button. The next section below the variable fields will show how much top soil you will need for a round or oblong shape piece of land.

Tips & Warnings

  • You do not have to be exact, but round up, not down. It is better to have a little too much rather than not enough.

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