Calculate Gravel for Delivery

How to Order Gravel

Ordering gravel can be a calculating nightmare if you’re not sure to measure truck loads by tons or yards.  Whether you’re filling in a driveway or space around raised beds in the garden it’s almost always true ordering in bulk is less expensive if you’re covering a large area.

I would only recommend purchasing small bags of gravel if the project is minimal, covering a small space or being used as a decoration element.  I don’t for see any small projects in my future so things are now being carefully planned.

At Quail Grove, we’ve already had the first load of gravel delivered so we can move in a new shed, the RV and have a place to park.  There will be many more loads delivered and I wanted to share some simple tips for ordering your own.

A load of Gravel

Our First Crushed Rock Delivery

Finding a source is a matter of doing a search online or stopping at a small lumber yard to see about a referral.  Remember I’m living in a small town now days so old school methods still apply.  Guess what?  I Love that!

Since we couldn’t find anybody local we went with a small business owner about twenty minutes north that delivered the same day we ordered.  We found his information online and the rest is history.

Our first crushed rock delivery consisted of 14 yards; we began spreading it out and finally after a couple hours of work the pile started shrinking.  I took moments to visualize the future which inspired me to keep working and after about 6 hours that pile of gravel became a nice foundation.

Most folks would move this amount of gravel using a tractor front loader but we’re a little old fashioned I guess and decided to use shovels and a wheel barrow.  The goal for us is to get fit while we establish this community.  Guess what?  It’s working!

Shoveling gravel one load at a time

Ordering the Right Quantity

Robert who I call boy genius can calculate math in his head like nobody’s business.  Come to think of it there really isn’t anything he can’t do, am I blessed or what?  So, while he had all the calculations figured out I was online looking for a gravel calculator and this is what I found over at Summit.  This is a great link, click here.

  • The first step is to measure the area you want to cover by width, length and depth.
  • Then calculate the yards needed for the project.  It you use the link I shared here, you just click the calculate button.

However, some companies speak a different language and many times reference tons instead of yards, make sure to do your calculations in yards and tons so your prepared.

Here’s a Helpful Example:

Since there is 1.35 tons per cubic yard, 15 cubic yards weighs 1.35 × 15 = 20.25 tons.

When we ordered our 14 yards of gravel we were actually getting 18.9 tons of gravel.  Make sense?

Moving Gravel

Finally, the pad sight is ready for the RV and shed, moving forward I have to say it feel pretty great.  I’m excited because it’s time to get ourselves moved and settled here so we don’t continue wasting time commuting from one destination to the next.  It’s also time to order more gravel…

How to Calculate Gravel for a project



  1. mickie mclaughlin says:

    Lady….you are ALWAYS busy….you are also making progress. Looking forward to the next update.

    1. Carole says:

      Yes and sometimes I think it’s little crazy. We’re slowing down a little this weekend Robert said we might be over doing it. So our second and third load of gravel that we had delivered last night was spread out with a tractor. That was fun to watch.

  2. jaywalk says:

    good morning Carol … are we having loads of fun yet? we just finished up 3 ginormous dump truck loads of driveway gravel. wow … nice knowing someone is working with me … maybe in a different place … but hey … let the fun continue 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Carole says:

      Yes let the fun continue – making progress is a good thing… Hope you have a great weekend.

      1. jaywalk says:

        thank you for your reply … i’m sitting with hubby who is in ICU following surgery yesterday having part of his lung removed. was so nice having a friendly reply waiting for me 🙂 🙂 🙂 you have a good weekend also.

        1. Carole says:

          You’re welcome, I’ll keep y’all in our prayers. 🙂

  3. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    It’s all starting to come together and I love how you are sharing everything with us. I don’t know if I’ll ever need to know how to order gravel but I find it fascinating and I can relate a little to ordering mulch every year but I pretty much just wing it. That never works because I always end up ordering more. Thanks for sharing this journey.

    1. Carole says:

      You are welcome and definitely use this for top soil or mulch ordering. I’m a little behind on getting things shared and this weekend we’re slowing down so we can rest a little. Been doing a lot and when the hubby says we might be over doing you listen. Have a great weekend!

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