How Much Topsoil Do I Need?

Definitely, a question that we have countless clients call us about, topsoil can be tricky to calculate at the best of times. In this blog piece, we will tell you everything you need to know about calculating topsoil requirements as well as what type of topsoil to use for your next outdoor project.

How To Calculate Topsoil Requirements Without a Calculator?

Step 1: Measure the dimensions of the area you’re looking to cover in meters.

Step 2: Multiply the above measurement by the depth required.

Step 3: The cubic meters from the above calculation is the amount of top[ soil you’ll need.


If the area you’re looking to cover is 15m long, 8m wide and 20mm deep you’l need:

15 x 8 x 0.2 = 24m3

Luckily, With our new and improved topsoil calculator, you can now simply enter the measurements of the area that requires a new level of soil and our calculator will do all the hard work for you. Once you know how much topsoil you need for your project you can simply submit your details and our team can provide you with a free quote on how much this will cost, or alternatively shop top soil online on our site.

How to Use the Topsoil Calculator

Finding the perfect amount of topsoil is no simple task when planning your landscaping project make sure you take the time to make some measurements to help you when it comes to calculating the correct amount of topsoil.

To use our topsoil calculator all you need is a measuring tape and an idea of how large space is your going to need topsoil for. From there you can simply measure the space, enter the measurements into our calculator and allow us to turn these measurements into the correct tonnage you will be looking for.

Not only does this help save you time when it comes to purchasing topsoil but this also will help save you money, our calculator will ensure that minimal goes to waste and you only pay for what you need.

Our Quality Topsoil

We are proud to offer extremely high-quality topsoil available at highly competitive rates. As our topsoil has been sourced from the hills surrounding the Mendips this ensures that it is rich will all the natural nutrients that your plants need to grow.

The key benefit provided by topsoil when composed of other soil products is that it provides your garden with a suitable environment for plants to thrive. This ensures that no matter what plants you decide to grow you will always have the suitable nutrients and soil composition to get that vibrant garden that you have always dreamt about.

Available For Both Domestic & Commercial Needs

With over 50 years of experience working within the construction industry, we have built up a huge range of commercial clients who require large amounts of our quality topsoil. As a team, we believe its only right to bring our products to clients with both domestic and commercial needs. We achieve this by offering two main types of topsoil delivery services.

Bagged Topsoil

For our domestic clients, we have packaged our premium topsoil within large bags which make it simple to get find the perfect amount for your specific requirements.

Whether you planning a small scale gardening project or a large landscaping project you can truly rely on our team to provide you with a suitable amount for your specific needs and requirements.

Our bags of topsoil weigh just 20KG making it simple for you to transport the bag to your desired location and utilise it for the improvements to your garden.

Bulk Topsoil Delivery

For our Commercial clients, we have a dedicated service which enables us to deliver a large amount of topsoil right to the property where you need it. Our 4,6 or 8 wheeled lorries can hold up to 20 tonnes of topsoil which should be plenty of room for even the largest of projects, our lorries can tip this toil into any pre-existing hole making the service run smoothly and hassle-free.

Although the two methods of topsoil delivery mentioned above are our main form of business when it comes to topsoil we can also create a tailored service for your specific needs. If you wish to have topsoil delivered for your project make sure that you get in contact without a team and we can find offer you a designed service which is perfectly tailored to your specific needs and requirements.

Topsoil Depth for Different Projects:

The amount of topsoil you need as well as the depth you should lay your topsoil depends on the project you’re about to embark on. We’ve collected the most popular projects where topsoil is needed below so have a look for some general guidance:

What is the topsoil depth for a Lawn?

As a rule of thumb, for grass roots to be able to grow, you’ll need around 10-15cm of topsoil which will allow for a healthy lawn.


Mini Skip

Mini skips are the smallest skips available on the market for hire and are ideal for small domestic projects like small garden clean-ups or small home renovations. They are compact and can easily fit in tight spaces, making them a popular choice for homeowners with limited space.

Builder’s Skip

Builder’s skips are a common choice for construction and renovation projects. They offer ample space for construction waste, including bricks, concrete, and timber. These skips are larger than mini skips but still manageable for most residential properties.

Large Skip

Large skips are designed for significant waste disposal needs, often found on construction sites. They are suitable for large-scale renovation projects, clearing out an entire house, or handling bulky items. These skips are quite spacious but may require more space for placement. 

Roll-on/Roll-off Skips (Ro-Ro)

Roll-on/roll-off skips, commonly known as Ro-Ro skips, are enormous containers primarily used for industrial and commercial purposes. They are ideal for handling substantial amounts of waste, such as large construction projects, factory cleanouts, and major demolition work. Ro-Ro skips are transported on and off-site using specialized vehicles. If you’re looking for a Ro-Ro skip, get in touch with Penny’s and we can point you in the right direction.

Open Skips

Open skips are the standard type of skips with no covering or lid. They are easy to load and are suitable for a wide range of waste materials. Open skips are commonly used for general household and construction waste and most Mini, Builder’s and Large skips are open.

Enclosed Skips

Enclosed skips are equipped with a cover or lid, which helps keep the waste secure and prevents unauthorized access. They are often used for disposing of confidential documents or when waste containment is crucial, such as in areas prone to wind or wildlife interference.

Mixed Skips

Mixed skips are designed for projects that involve various types of waste, including construction debris, household waste, and garden waste. These skips allow you to mix different waste materials, making them convenient for projects with diverse waste streams.

Hardcore Skip

Hardcore skips are specially designed for disposing of heavy construction materials like concrete, bricks, and hardcore rubble.

They are reinforced to withstand the weight and abrasiveness of such materials, making them the ideal choice for construction sites.

Inert Skip

Inert skips are intended for non-reactive waste materials like soil, sand, and clay. These skips are often used for landscaping and excavation projects, where the waste is not chemically reactive and can be safely reused or disposed of.

Choosing the right type of skip for your project is essential to ensure efficient waste management. Consider the size of the skip, the type of waste you’ll be disposing of, and any specific requirements, such as containment or accessibility.

By selecting the appropriate skip, you can streamline your waste disposal process and contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Get in touch with Penny’s Group if you need any more assistance in choosing the right skip for your project.