The weight of one cubic foot of soil varies between 74 and 110 pounds, depending on the type of soil and its moisture content. Wet, loose dirt weighs 78 pounds per cubic foot compared to dry, loose dirt’s 76 pounds per cubic foot. A cubic foot of topsoil weighs approximately 96 pounds, while a cubic foot of dried, screened topsoil weighs between 44 and 48 pounds.
When dry, one cubic foot of clay weighs around 100 pounds and when wet, 110 pounds.
Transporting soil requires an accurate estimation of its mass. A truckload of typical dirt is approximately 18 cubic yards, or 486 cubic feet, which can be multiplied by the soil’s weight per cubic foot. The capacity of a standard wheelbarrow is 2 to 3 cubic feet, whereas the capacity of a large wheelbarrow is approximately 5 cubic feet. A standard wheelbarrow would need around 194 trips to empty a truckload of soil.
A square foot of dirt covers roughly 6 square feet at a depth of 2 inches, 4 square feet at a depth of 3 inches, 3 square feet at a depth of 4 inches, and 2 square feet at a depth of 6 inches.