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How Many WheelBarrows in a Yard?

What Is Cubic Yard?

A yard is a unit of length as per the British Imperial and US customary system of measurements. Cubic Yard is used to measure three-dimensional items or lands or landscapes.

Hence, in the UK and US, cubic yards are a standard unit of measuring mulch, sand, topsoil, gravel, or even compost- all of which are needed for gardening. One cubic yard is the area of 1-yard x 1-yard x 1 yard. That means it is the area occupied by any 3-foot cube of land, that is, 27 cubic feet (3-foot x 3-foot x 3 foot).

In general, gardening item merchants usually supply items like topsoil, gravel, compost, etc., in a sack measured in cubic yards. Hence, you need to understand the wheelbarrows and the cubic yard concept to know how many gardening items you need for any project.

How Many Wheelbarrows In One Yard?

When we say “how many Wheelbarrows in a Yard,” we mean “how many cubic yards. ‘

But, where does the wheelbarrow come from? Well, after the merchant supplies you with the gardening items, you unload that on a wheelbarrow and carry them to the place where you intend to construct your garden.

In a practical method, understanding how many cubic yards of items a wheelbarrow can carry helps you measure things effectively.

In general, a 2 cubic foot wheelbarrow requires fourteen loads, while a three-foot wheelbarrow requires nine loads to carry one cubic yard gardening item.

How Much A Wheelbarrow Hold?

It is not uniform in size. Since wheelbarrows come in different shapes and sizes, their load capacity can differ. So while one wheelbarrow may hold more, a smaller model will hold less.

To understand the wheelbarrow capacity, you need to understand the sizes of different wheelbarrow models available in the market-

Wheelbarrow Sizes

1. Standard Wheelbarrows

  • Shallow Tray- T The shallow tray wheelbarrows are the most common models used in gardening. These are 2 cubic feet and can serve small to medium homeowners efficiently. If you want to landscape your backyard or home garden, it is ideal for you as it is lightweight and compact.
  • Deep Tray- These wheelbarrows come with deeper trays containing three to six cubic yards of gardening materials. Hence, these are great for both homeowners and professionals. If you have a passion for gardening, you can go for it.

2. Contractor Wheelbarrows

Contractor wheelbarrows are the largest and can carry heavy loads easily. These can hold six to ten cubic foot gardening materials. Therefore, contractor Wheelbarrows are generally used by professionals contractors or interior decorators who usually do heavy-duty landscaping of a larger area,

How To Measure One Wheelbarrow’s Volume Capacity?

If you are unsure about the capacity of a wheelbarrow you intend to use, the best way is to measure the power of the trey. You can do it easily by splitting the measurements into two different units-

Measuring the tray’s sloped section in cubic yard unit

Measuring the flat base in cubic yard unit

Now, you have to join these two to get the capacity of the whole tray.

Measuring Tray’s Flat Base

Follow the guide to the menu the flat base of the wheelbarrow tray-

First, take your measurement and measure the length and width of the tray’s flat surface.

Now, note it down for the convenience of calculation. Then, apply the “surface area= length x breath” formula to calculate the surface area.

After this, again, take the measuring tape and measure the height of the interior of the tray by measuring the length of the base of the tray to its rim. It is the height of the tray. You also have to note down this for future use.

After this, apply the formula “cubic capacity= length x height x breadth.

Measuring Tray’s Slope Section

The next step is to measure the Slope Section of the tray-

First, measure the length and width of the sloped section of the wheelbarrow tray using a measurement tape. In general, the width and the height remain the same as the tray base. So you can use that previously collected data.

Now, lay the measurement tape carefully across the tray’s rim to form a closed shape. Note that length down.

Totalling Trays Cubic Capacity

You already have the capacity of the base by using the formula of “length x breadth x height.” Now, take the result of the multiplication and divide it in half. The result is the original capacity of the sloped section of the wheelbarrow.

Now, you just have to add the sloped section’s volume and the flat base volume to find the actual capacity of the wheelbarrow tray.


While you may not need a perfectly calculated measurement, a rough size helps a lot. For example, understanding how many wheelbarrows loads you need to complete to carry a cubic yard of gardening material make the work effective and more accessible. It also allows you to plan your work properly without spending much time carrying the items.

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