# How to Calculate Cubic Feet for Soil

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To find out how many cubic feet of soil you need for your yard or garden, all you need are a few measurements and some simple math. If you have a very large yard, or you need to calculate cubic feet for more than one project, you might find that standard-size measuring tapes are inconvenient because they are too short. Invest in a measuring wheel or an outdoor laser measuring tool, both of which are available at home-improvement stores. They will give you accurate results quickly.

## Step 1

Use a measuring tape to determine the length of the location where you will be placing the soil. Note the measurement in feet.

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## Step 2

Measure the width in feet.

## Step 3

Determine the necessary depth of the soil in feet. If you plan to fill a raised garden bed, measure the height of the garden's border. If you're laying the soil in a yard, decide how deep you want it. If the measurement is less than 1 foot, divide the number of inches by 12 to convert it to feet. For example, 3 inches divided by 12 = 0.25 feet.