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Formula for how much dirt?
I want to create a raised flower bed. Is there a way to figure out
how much dirt I will need? I want the flower bed to be relatively circular, about six feet in diameter, and about six inches deep. Is there some way to get this dirt without buying a bunch of bags of dirt? In other words, if I go to a nursery or somewhere else, is there someone who will deliver the amount of dirt I want? Thanks in advance.  8^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to email) ~~~~~~ "I reserve the absolute right to be smarter today than I was yesterday." Adlai Stevenson http://www.suzanneeckhardt.com/ http://www.intergnat.com/malebashing/ http://www.intergnat.com/pussygames/ 
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SuzieQ wrote:
I want to create a raised flower bed. Is there a way to figure out how much dirt I will need? I want the flower bed to be relatively circular, about six feet in diameter, and about six inches deep. Is there some way to get this dirt without buying a bunch of bags of dirt? In other words, if I go to a nursery or somewhere else, is there someone who will deliver the amount of dirt I want? Thanks in advance. The volume of a cylinder is: (Pi x radiussquared ) x depth 3.14 x 3 x 3 x 0.5 = a little over 14 cubic feet So if you're buying 2 cubic foot bags of soil, you'll need 7 bags.  Warren H. ========== Disclaimer: My views reflect those of myself, and not my employer, my friends, nor (as she often tells me) my wife. Any resemblance to the views of anybody living or dead is coincidental. No animals were hurt in the writing of this response  unless you count my dog who desperately wants to go outside now. Care for your landscape with Black and Decker cordless tools http://www.holzemville.com/mall/blac...ker/index.html 
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On Thu, 07 Apr 2005 23:44:48 +0000, SuzieQ wrote:
I want to create a raised flower bed. Is there a way to figure out how much dirt I will need? I want the flower bed to be relatively circular, about six feet in diameter, and about six inches deep. Is there some way to get this dirt without buying a bunch of bags of dirt? In other words, if I go to a nursery or somewhere else, is there someone who will deliver the amount of dirt I want? Thanks in advance. A yard will cover 108 square feet at 3" deep. A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet. If you were buying bags of dirt and the bags were 2 cubic feet, then you would need 14 bags. Most soil suppliers will deliver for a fee and sell in cubic yards. With all things in life though, they won't bring you a cubic yard though, it will be under a bit over over a bit. They just dump it in the truck and go. You can borrow/rent a full size truck and it will carry a yard. Good luck to you.  Yard Works Gardening Co. http://www.ywgc.com 
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Timothy wrote:
On Thu, 07 Apr 2005 23:44:48 +0000, SuzieQ wrote: I want to create a raised flower bed. Is there a way to figure out how much dirt I will need? I want the flower bed to be relatively circular, about six feet in diameter, and about six inches deep. Is there some way to get this dirt without buying a bunch of bags of dirt? In other words, if I go to a nursery or somewhere else, is there someone who will deliver the amount of dirt I want? Thanks in advance. A yard will cover 108 square feet at 3" deep. A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet. If you were buying bags of dirt and the bags were 2 cubic feet, then you would need 14 bags. Most soil suppliers will deliver for a fee and sell in cubic yards. With all things in life though, they won't bring you a cubic yard though, it will be under a bit over over a bit. They just dump it in the truck and go. You can borrow/rent a full size truck and it will carry a yard. Good luck to you. A formula: _L' x W' x D"_= cubic yard (s) 324  Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington USDA Zone 8b Sunset Zone 5 
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Travis wrote:
A formula: _L' x W' x D"_= cubic yard (s) 324 Feet times feet times inches equals cubic yards? Ummm. No. Yards times yards times yards equals cubic yards (when you're dealing with square corners). More accurately, square yards times height in yards equals cubic yards. Or square feet times height in feet divided by 27 equals cubic yards. One key to computing area or volume is to have each measurement in the same unit. All feet. All yards. All inches. And then what you get is that unit squared (for area) or cubed (for volume). Mixing unit times gives you a worthless result. A number no better than a random number. Also, the original poster had a circular bed. The area of a circle is not length times width. It's Pi times square radius. Multiply that by the height in the same unit as the radius to get volume. Again, the measurements must be in the same unit. If the radius is measured in feet, then the height must be in feet, too. If we were dealing with a triangular area, expand it so that it's a 4sided area, with one edge going from corner to corner. Now use the same formula as for a 4sided area, but divide by two. To convert from cubic feet to cubic yards, you need to remember that a cubic yard is 3feet by 3feet by 3feet. Or put another way, three layers of 3feet by 3feet, or 3 layers of 9 cubes, thus 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard. But whatever formula is used, each measurement must be in the same unit. All feet. All yards. Or all inches. No mixing.  Warren H. ========== Disclaimer: My views reflect those of myself, and not my employer, my friends, nor (as she often tells me) my wife. Any resemblance to the views of anybody living or dead is coincidental. No animals were hurt in the writing of this response  unless you count my dog who desperately wants to go outside now. Care for your landscape with Black and Decker cordless tools http://www.holzemville.com/mall/blac...ker/index.html 
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Warren wrote:
Travis wrote: A formula: _L' x W' x D"_= cubic yard (s) 324 Feet times feet times inches equals cubic yards? Ummm. No. I formatted that incorrectly. _L'xW'xD"_= cubic yard/s 324 The formula I gave was not as an answer to the OP but just as a general formula. From: http://www.tcmastergardener.org/html...in_area_s.html How much mulch or soil is needed? To determine how much mulch is needed for a specific area, measure the area to be covered and use the following formula: Area to cover (in square feet) x depth of mulch or soil desired (in inches) x 0.0031 = cubic yards of mulch or soil required  or use this alternate method  Area to cover (in square feet) x depth of mulch or soil (in inches) / 324 = cubic yards of mulch or soil required For example, to cover an area of 100 square feet with 3 inches of mulch: 100 square feet x 3 inches deep x 0.0031 = 0.93 cubic yards needed Note: If buying mulch in 1 cubic foot bags, multiply the cubic yards needed by 27 (there are 27 cubic feet in 1 cubic yard) to find the number of bags needed.  Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington USDA Zone 8b Sunset Zone 5 
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On Fri, 08 Apr 2005 07:44:11 0700, Timothy
wrote: On Thu, 07 Apr 2005 23:44:48 +0000, SuzieQ wrote: I want to create a raised flower bed. Is there a way to figure out how much dirt I will need? I want the flower bed to be relatively circular, about six feet in diameter, and about six inches deep. Is there some way to get this dirt without buying a bunch of bags of dirt? In other words, if I go to a nursery or somewhere else, is there someone who will deliver the amount of dirt I want? Thanks in advance. A yard will cover 108 square feet at 3" deep. A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet. If you were buying bags of dirt and the bags were 2 cubic feet, then you would need 14 bags. Most soil suppliers will deliver for a fee and sell in cubic yards. With all things in life though, they won't bring you a cubic yard though, it will be under a bit over over a bit. They just dump it in the truck and go. You can borrow/rent a full size truck and it will carry a yard. Good luck to you. The formula to determine the volume of a cylinder is: Pi * (Radius squared) * height = 3.14 * (3 * 3) * .5 = 14.14 cubic feet. That's a little more then half a cubic yard. Don't know that they sell half yards, but I've never tried. If that's all I needed, I'd probably just buy 5 3 cubic foot bags, but if you can pick it up yourself it may be cheaper to buy by the yard. I'm sure you can probably put the rest to use somewhere. The soil will also compact and settle somewhat, especially after the first heavy rain, so you may need a little more then the original estimate. Swyck 
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