# How Much Topsoil Do I Need? Here’s a Guide

How much topsoil do you need to cover your yard? That’s an interesting question, and thankfully it’s one that can be easily solved. In order to know how much topsoil you need to buy for your yard, you need to figure out a few things. The first thing we’ll try to find are the measurements for your yard.

## 1. Finding Your Area and Thickness

In order to find the area of your yard, you’ll need to find the length and width of each side. Then, you’ll need to multiply your length and width together to get the number of square feet your yard occupies. However, you’re not done yet – topsoil is measured in cubic yards. Therefore, we’re dealing with a three-dimensional measurement here. Next, we’ll need to find the thickness of the area you’re trying to apply topsoil to. Knowing this measurement will help you find the last thing you need to discover the amount of topsoil you’ll need to purchase.

Simply multiply your area in square feet (found by multiplying your length and width) by the thickness of your yard layer in order to find out how much topsoil you’ll need.

How will you be able to figure out the amount of topsoil you need to purchase from the above measurement? First, let’s look into the methods used to bag topsoil and how much a typical cubic yard of topsoil will cover. One cubic yard of topsoil is equivalent to 27 cubic feet. Note that the thickness of your area to cover will determine heavily how much topsoil you need – for example, you can cover twice as much land if you use topsoil to cover to a depth of 6 inches instead of 12 inches.

More thoroughly, if you’re only looking to cover the depth of a lawn, you need to spread topsoil 6 inches deep, which will be a factor in your purchase. If you’re looking to renovate a vegetable garden or raised bed, you’ll need to spread topsoil 12-18 inches deep. As you can see, the thickness of the area you’re trying to cover will influence the amount of topsoil you purchase in a particularly impactful way.

One cubic yard of topsoil will cover approximately 27 cubic feet of space in your yard. If you have a vegetable garden that measures 9 feet in length by 30 feet in width, you’d need 270 square feet of space to cover with topsoil. Multiply square footage by the depth of your topsoil in order to figure out how many cubic feet of yard you need to cover.