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Old 07-03-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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Determining how many inches to leave out soil


Hi all I was wondering if there was an easy way to determine how many inches of soil I would need to remove to level out a portion of my sloping landscape before removing any actual dirt.

I assume I can measure from lowest point to highest point on that area, but what would I use to do this and how so?

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Old 07-03-2017, 06:57 PM   #2
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A string level is a common tool to do that.
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A laser level would be the tool of choice. Do a grid on the ground and a paper.
Record the measurement from a level line down and record. When done add all the measurements together and divide by the number of measurements you have.
That will give the average height. The more points in the grid the more accurate the answer.
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Don't forget that top soil is optimal for growing grass or whatever. The dirt underneath the top soil isn't always suitable. This can change from one location to another. That's why common practice is to remove the top soil, remove dirt as needed and then put the top soil back.
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A string level is a common tool to do that.
There was a day when string levels could be trusted to actually read level. Now they really need to be tested.
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There was a day when string levels could be trusted to actually read level. Now they really need to be tested.
IIR, Paris is a popular location for calibrating many instruments. With that in mind, I'll purchase one if I can't find any of mine and take it to Paris for calibration as soon as you send me a round trip ticket. OH he!!, I bout forgot, the wife wants to go too.
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Determine the amount of soil needed. The unit of measurement is cubic yards. A cubic yard is a block 3x3x3 feet (27 cubic feet). One arrives at this number by multiplying length x width x depth. Now you understand the purpose of the grid measurements mentioned above.

Loose topsoil arriving in a truck will compact by about 20% as it settles and is watered. So, buy 20-30% more than your estimates. A really large pile of dirt can be raked out over a wide area and never noticed.
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