What’s the Weight of a Cubic Foot of Soil?

Depending on the type of soil and how moist it is, a cubic foot of soil can weigh anywhere between 74 and 110 pounds. Moist, loose dirt weighs 78 pounds per cubic foot, compared to around 76 pounds for dry, loose dirt. Top soil weighs roughly 96 pounds per cubic foot, while dry, screened top soil weighs 44 to 48 pounds per cubic foot.

Clay weighs roughly 100 pounds dry and 110 pounds wet per cubic foot.

When moving soil, it’s critical to estimate its weight. A truckload of dirt typically contains 18 cubic yards, or 486 cubic feet, which can be multiplied by the soil’s weight per cubic foot. A large wheelbarrow can hold around 5 cubic feet of dirt, compared to a conventional wheelbarrow’s 2 to 3 cubic feet. A typical wheelbarrow would require about 194 trips to empty a truckload of dirt.

When spread 2 inches deep, a square foot of dirt covers roughly 6 square feet, 4 square feet, 3 square feet, and 2 square feet when spread 3 inches deep, 4 inches deep, and 6 inches deep, respectively.

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