A cubic yard is a cube of material that is one yard (3 ′) wide, long, and high. There are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard. Basing on the material you are estimating, you’ll want to keep in mind that loose materials will fluff up when dry and press down when wet.
What amount does a cubic yard weigh?
This will depend upon the material being gauged. Mulch usually weighs about 1,000 lbs per cubic yard, where as soil is nearer to 2,200 lbs. Pea gravel could be as much as 3,000 lbs per cubic yard.
Can I haul that in my own truck/trailer?
Hauling capacity varies from truck to truck and depends on your vehicle rating. Most trucks/trailers won’t transport more than 1-2 cubic yards or material. It is essential to keep in mind that your vehicle will behave differently when towing large amounts of weight. Take it easy at first and beware of speed until you get a feeling of how the vehicle is impacted.
How do I know how much I will need?
First you will need to know the dimensions of the job space you are dealing with. Then you can use a cubic yard calculator.