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Old 04-24-2008, 09:21 AM
 
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And cheap is good too

We're finally starting to make some headway into our yard and need quite a bit of soil to level it. While obviously I'd like better quality stuff for the grass, I'm not going to insist on the best. I just want to fill in the holes/depressions so we don't end up with a lake when it rains again.

Any suggestions on where to get some? Preferably on the southside (we're in southtown) but anywhere is ok if they're not charging by mile for delivery. It'd have to be delivered (we don't own a truck).

I like Fannicks but they don't deliver as a rule (they did do it once, but only a small amount and the fee for delivering was 2x the cost of the soil).
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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I just saw an ad this morning on craigslist for topsoil. I think it was $125 for 6 yards delivered. I don't know if that is a good price or not but just letting you know.
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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nevermind my last posting. I just saw an ad for 14yards delivered for $145 in the selma area but for extra $ will deliver further.

There are also ads for free top soil but you said you don't have a truck. If you knew someone with a truck that would be a good deal.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:04 AM
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If I was looking for this, the places I would check first are Fertile Garden Supply and Stone & Soil Depot (210-687-1005).
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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If I was looking for this, the places I would check first are Fertile Garden Supply and Stone & Soil Depot (210-687-1005).
Thanks for the link.
Now I have another question - what kind of soil should I be looking for?

Contractor's mix? Landscape soil? Topsoil?

Basically what we have is a yard of mixed grasses and weeds with lots of holes/depressions. We want to level it a bit - not perfectly so, just fill in the big ditches, and then plant grass (we'll do seed where needed).

I'm thinking something lowgrade to do the fill-in, then something better quality across the top for the plantings.

What's in topsoil vs. landscape soil? What about topsoil +sand?

The contractor's mix I had before was mostly mulch. Is that what i want?
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Chaka, I would say to go with top soil but you might want to ask the vender. Far delivery I would suggest Kellers Materials on SE Loop 410. Here's a link:
Keller Material, Inc. - Landscaping Supplies, Building Supplies San Antonio

I never knew Fannicks sold bulk dirt. ARe you talking about Fannicks Garden Center?
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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They sold us some dirt when I was there last, but it was a 'favor' of one of the staff to deliver it. Wasn't very much though.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:45 AM
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Just be sure that what you buy isn't full of weeds or weed seeds. I've seen that happen and it isn't pretty - nut grass is horrible stuff. I've always heard that Gardenville has very good soil. That's who the pool company used for fill dirt after they finished our pool. Oh, I've bought from New Earth and it was good with no weeds but I don't know if they deliver. They are on the east side a few miles from 410 on I10. New Earth LLC, 7800 IH 10 E, San Antonio, TX 78219, (210) 661-5180.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My dad used to sell Topsoil back in the 70's for $20 a truckload about 7 or 8 yards. Make sure your topsoil doesn't have any Johnson grass in it
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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i was going to suggest Keller's also --- i LOVE that place --- and i second the info about making sure to ask about rocks/weeds etc in the soil --- you will pay more for "the good stuff" that is "clean" dirt but it will be worth it in the long run to not have a bunch of weeds pop up in the yard...
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