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Baseball Field Dirt Conversion
by Dave Blasik on 11/23/05 at 13:10:41

I was wondering if someone would be able to assist me in verifying the amount of dirt I need to apply to my fields to have a 4 inch base of soil.

The composition of the mixture will be 50% Sand, 25% Clay, and 25% Silt.  I would assume that the soil will have some moisture in it but I can't even make a guess as to how much.  

One contractor is pricing the mixture by the ton and the other is pricing it by the yard.  I am really trying to calculate how many yards I need to cover 2.5 acres of land with a depth of 4 inches or a conversion factor to convert yards to tons.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Re: Baseball Field Dirt Conversion
by Robert Fogt on 11/25/05 at 01:57:48

First we need to convert all the units to the same base unit.

2.5 acre = 12,100 square yard
4 inch = 4/36 yard

12100 square yard * 4/36 yard = 1344.4 cubic yards

You would need 1345 yards of dirt

It would be more difficult to determine the weight of that without the density.  I found the density of sand and clay but not silt. Plus the weight differs depending on how much moisture it holds.

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