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What Fill Dirt Is & Why It's Useful March 16, 2017

Chester, Plumas
What Fill Dirt Is & Why It's Useful, Chester, California

Fill dirt is a versatile material frequently used in construction jobs and similar projects. At Sierra Cascade Aggregate & Asphalt Products, based in Chester, CA, they gladly supply this material to clients throughout the region. However, to get the most out of it, it helps to know a little bit more about what functions it most often serves.

Fill-DirtFill dirt has a somewhat misleading name because unlike most other types of soil, it actually contains no organic material. Instead, it’s comprised primarily of rocks and sand. Some people purchase screened fill dirt, which has had larger rocks and objects removed, while others are satisfied to use the unscreened variety.

Due to the absence of organic material, this type of dirt isn’t useful in areas where you expect to do any planting, at least not as the top layer. Instead, it’s an ideal and affordable option for building up surfaces where doing so is necessary to facilitate the completion of a construction project. 

Often, contractors apply fill dirt in cavities where they need to raise the ground level before construction can begin. They also tend to use it to fill dips in the ground where flooding might otherwise pose a threat. 

Keep in mind that you can also use fill dirt for smaller projects around your home. It can be effective for raising a plant bed, for instance, as long as you remember to apply a more nutrient-rich soil to the top of it before you start any planting.

To learn more about the benefits of this material, get in touch with the experts at Sierra Cascade Aggregate & Asphalt Products in Chester, CA. They’ll help you get a better sense of what you might use it for. For more information, give them a call at (530) 258­-4555.

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