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How Much is a Tonne of Topsoil?

Calculating how much topsoil you need for a project is one of the most common problems facing gardeners and landscapers looking to buy topsoil. If you make a mistake when measuring the area you need the topsoil for, it can lead to a great amount of waste of both topsoil and money! 

A tonne of topsoil can cover a large area, but how much exactly? In this guide, we’ll tell you how much one tonne of topsoil will cover, along with a free topsoil volume calculator.

What is topsoil most commonly used for?

Topsoil has a variety of uses within gardens and general landscaping jobs, whether that be for creating or levelling lawns, raising flower beds or laying a new turf football pitch. Some of these tasks will require only a small amount of topsoil, but for others, you may need a lot more.

At Alsoils+, we supply a range of nutrient-rich topsoils to both domestic and trade customers, and can also deliver to those on the South Coast of the UK.

Growing vegetables

If you’re looking to grow healthy, nutrient-rich vegetables, then adding vegetable and fruit topsoil is a must. A tonne of topsoil will easily cover a medium-large sized allotment.

Levelling lawns

If you want to level a bumpy lawn, topsoil can go to large lengths in rectifying this issue. The general rule of thumb is to use between 2-3cm of topsoil – we’ve created the ultimate guide to levelling a lawn which will go into more detail.

Laying new turf pitches

Topsoil is used across many sports to ensure their pitches and area of turf are in top condition. Using topsoil in golf courses, football and rugby pitches means the grass on top gets the most nutrients possible so that the turf is hardwearing.

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How much will 1 tonne of topsoil cover?

Topsoils can vary in screening sizes, therefore some topsoils may be denser than others. Generally speaking, 1 tonne of topsoil will cover 0.63 cubic metres or 22 cubic feet or 0.81 cubic yards. 

Our bags of topsoil come in sizes of 0.75m³, meaning you’ll get just over a tonne of soil per bag! If you take our Premium Topsoil for example, this equates to less than £50 per tonne of topsoil.

To see how much topsoil you need for your project, we’ve created a free topsoil calculator for you to use below. If you want to know how topsoil is delivered, see our in-depth guide.

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The Alsoils Team

For more than three decades, Alsoils has been a trusted name in delivering superior soil, compost products and offering landscaping services. Based in Hampshire, Alsoils caters to a diverse clientele, including both homeowners and businesses. Our team are experts in all things gardening, so you can be sure you get the very best advice for topsoil, compost, manure and so much more!

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