A Few Important Considerations When Buying Dirt or Soil for Your Property

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If you need to fill in a pit from an old pool that you've had removed or if your property has suffered some soil erosion, you may need some clean fill dirt or other type of soil. This dirt is free of contaminants and an excessive amount of rocks, twigs, and other items that might compromise its overall strength. You can often have it delivered in a truck or just buy a certain measurement of the dirt and pick it up with your own truck or trailer, and then empty it on your property. Before you do that, however, you might note a few important considerations about buying this type of dirt or soil.

Types of dirt

There are actually various types of dirt you can buy as well as fillers for dirt. Clean fill dirt refers to a standard dirt that you might use to fill in an open pit. Compacted dirt is just that; it's been compacted so it's stronger for using under a construction project and it may even be mixed with lime or clay for added strength. Topsoil is rich in nutrients so it can grow vegetation, but it may be very expensive.

Be sure you opt for the right type of dirt for your needs in particular; compacted soil is good for giving support to buildings on your lot as well as for keeping the soil in place if your property is prone to soil erosion or runoff.  A layer of topsoil can be needed on your property to grow healthy grass. Rocky soil can slow down water flow, which might be needed for deep pits that would otherwise allow water to flow freely out of your property.


The weight of clean fill dirt and other types of soil will vary, since this dirt will have different compositions and mixtures; some dirt will have more moisture or gravel, so it's naturally heavier. This is important to realize as you don't want to think you can simply put a certain measurement of dirt or soil in the back of your truck or a trailer and haul it home without knowing its weight versus your vehicle's towing capacity. Note the weight of the type of dirt you need per cubic foot or meter, and the amount of dirt needed for your project. You may find that it's safer to have it delivered in a truck that can manage that weight rather than weighing down your own truck or trailer.

For more information, contact companies like Eastern Plant Hire.