Use our topsoil calculator to find out how much you need
How to use a topsoil calculator?
A topsoil calculator can be a helpful tool when planning landscaping or gardening projects. Here are the steps to use a topsoil calculator:
Determine the area you need to cover: Measure the length and width of the area you want to cover with topsoil in feet or meters.
Determine the depth of topsoil you need: Decide how deep you want the topsoil to be. A good rule of thumb is 6 inches (15 cm) for new garden beds and 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) for existing lawns or flower beds.
Find a topsoil calculator: Use an online topsoil calculator to enter the area measurements and desired depth. Many garden and landscaping supply companies offer topsoil calculators on their websites.
Enter the area measurements and desired depth: Input the length and width measurements in feet or meters and the desired depth in inches or centimetres.
Get the results: The topsoil calculator will tell you how much topsoil you need in cubic feet or cubic meters. Some calculators may also give you the number of bags of topsoil you need to purchase.
Adjust the amount as needed: If the amount of topsoil you need exceeds the amount sold in bags, you may need to order it in bulk from a garden supply company.
A topsoil calculator can help you estimate the amount of topsoil you need for your landscaping or gardening project, saving you time and money in the long run.
How much topsoil do I need?
The amount of topsoil you need will depend on the size and depth of the area you want to cover. To determine how much topsoil you need, you can use a topsoil calculator or follow these steps:
- Measure the length and width of the area you want to cover in feet or meters.
- Decide on the depth of topsoil you need. A good rule of thumb is 6 inches (15 cm) for new garden beds and 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) for existing lawns or flower beds.
- Calculate the cubic feet or cubic meters of topsoil needed. To do this, multiply the length, width, and depth measurements. For example, if your area is 10 feet long by 8 feet wide and you want a 6-inch depth of topsoil, the calculation would be:
10 ft x 8 ft x 0.5 ft (6 inches = 0.5 feet) = 40 cubic feet of topsoil needed
- If you prefer to work with cubic yards, divide the cubic feet by 27. You would need approximately 1.5 cubic yards of topsoil in the example above.
Remember that these are just estimates, and you may need to adjust the amount based on factors such as the type of soil, drainage, and the specific needs of your plants.