The weather is improving, and it seems a good time to get dirt to finish the front yard work. We have the front yard area pretty well leveled, but it is a ways below the top of the rock walls that surround it -- 4 to 8 inches below.
We calculated that this is about 1600 square feet. For 6 inches deep, that would be about 32 cubic yards of dirt. We can only get 18 cubic yards in a delivery, so we order 18 cubic yards of dirt delivered. Getting Professional Mix from Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, with a $130 delivery fee, that comes to $1001.07.
We use some of this to top-dress the back yard, but the bulk of it goes into filling up the front yard, taking two days work.
Then it rains, so we wait a week and get another truck load of dirt delivered. 16 cubic yards this time (and with a senior citizens discount), comes to $829.60. Another two days work, and we have the front yard filled in.
We had a ring of mulch around the big Spanish Oak tree, and had to take that off, put dirt underneath and then put it back on.