What is a cubic yard?
A cubic yard is a cube of material that is one yard (3′) wide, long, and high. There are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard. Depending on the material you are measuring, you’ll need to remember that loose materials will fluff up when dry and compress down when wet.
How much does a cubic yard weigh?
This will depend on the material being measured. Mulch usually weighs about 1,000 lbs per cubic yard, where as soil is closer to 2,200 lbs. Gravel can be as much as 3,000 lbs per cubic yard.
Can I haul that in my own truck/trailer?
Hauling capacity varies from truck to truck and depends on your vehicle rating. Most trucks/trailers won’t carry more than 1-2 cubic yards or material. It is important to note that your vehicle will behave differently when towing large amounts of weight. Take it easy at first and be cautious of speed until you get a sense of how the vehicle is affected.
How do I know how much I will need?
First you will need to know the dimensions of the project space you are working with. Then you can use a cubic yard calculator.
Landscaping ideas that might require cubic yards of material:
-Yard leveling/ landscape grading
-Making raised garden beds
-Creating garden paths or filling driveways
-Removing dirt for an in-ground pool
Most haulers offers both delivery and removal services, and has a wealth of materials available including: Sandy Loam Topsoil, Native Tree Mulch, Crushed Granite, Flexible Base, Fill Sand, and more.
Dump trucks are rated by how many cubic yards they carry. The average commercial dump truck holds anywhere from 10 to 18 cubic yards of dirt.