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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is "topsoil"?

Topsoil is the upper layer of the Earth’s crust, usually the top 2 to 8 inches. It has the highest concentration of microorganisms and organic matter and is where most of the soil’s biological activity occurs. Plants generally sink their roots into and obtain most of their nutrients from this rich layer.

Where does your topsoil come from?

Our topsoil comes off of the rich Perche Creek bottom ground area. In actuality, topsoil removal is a form of soil conservation as our customers put the soil to good use in their gardens, yards and project sites.

What are your hours?

7:30 to 5:00 Monday - Friday. Please call our office to schedule pickup and delivery (573) 474-8378.

Does your topsoil have chemicals in it?

No. We disk and till the soil to control weeds and plant growth.

How much topsoil will I need?

To figure out how much topsoil you will need, you need to measure the area that is to be filled. The measurements you need are the length, width and depth (diameter and depth for circular areas). See our Topsoil Calculator on our Home page for more detailed instructions.

Do you stay open if it is raining?

If it is raining then we generally close down due to the nature of topsoil; when it gets wet, it becomes mud. If you are in doubt, don’t hesitate to call us at (573) 474-8378.

How much does topsoil weigh?

One cubic yard of topsoil generally weighs about one ton (2,000 pounds). Topsoil’s weight can vary greatly due to moisture content. In the dryness of the summer, the weight of a cubic yard of soil can drop down to approximately 1,700 pounds, while in the spring when soil is damper, one cubic yard may weigh well over one ton.

Can you load my pick-up?

That depends. Most ½ ton pickups, which include F-150’s and 1500’s, can safely haul about 1 cubic yard. Because 1 cubic yard weighs approximately a ton, that is their upper limit. ¾ and 1 ton pick-up trucks tend to haul as much as they can hold, which can be up to 2 cubic yards. Smaller pick-up trucks like a ¼ ton truck vary on their weight capacities. We load all trucks slowly and watch how they handle the weight.

How much topsoil (or fill) do I need to fill in around my foundation?

To figure out how much topsoil you need, you need to multiply length x width x depth, and then divide by 2. For example, if the soil is sunken down 4 inches (1/3 foot) at your house’s (foundation length of 100 feet), and assuming you need to grade the soil 4 feet out from the foundation, then you need to multiply your measurements together like this: .3333 feet x 100 feet x 4 feet = 133.2 cubic feet. But because you are grading the soil out 4 feet into the yard at a depth of zero, the average depth would be half of .3333 feet. To get the correct answer, divide 133.2 in half, giving you the actual soil needed, 66.6 cubic feet. To turn this into cubic yards, you need to divide 66.6 by 27 (since there are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard (3 x 3 x 3 = 27). The amount of topsoil you will need for this example is 2.46 cubic yards.

When you deliver a load to my house, where can you dump it?

We will try to dump it where you want it, but because dump trucks are large, they are limited to where they can dump. We will try and put it wherever you need it, but remember that all deliveries made within the curb line are done so at the homeowner’s own risk.

Will that big truck break my driveway?

No one knows for certain. Any time you drive a heavier vehicle onto a driveway, there is a risk of cracking the driveway. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if the truck is fully loaded, then there is a real risk of the driveway cracking. A smaller load decreases the risk substantially.

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