Choosing the Right Skip Size for Your Summer Garden Project

Posted on 24 February 2023
Welcome to our guide on choosing the right skip size for your summer garden projects. At WasteOnline, we understand that skip hire is an essential part of any home or garden renovation project. However, it can be challenging to know what size skip you need for your specific needs. In this article, we’ll be sharing our top tips on how to choose the perfect skip size for your summer garden projects.

Firstly, it’s important to consider the type of waste you’ll be disposing of. Different types of waste have varying weights and volumes, which will impact the skip size you’ll need. For instance, green waste, such as branches and leaves, can be bulky but lightweight. On the other hand, rubble and soil can be dense and heavy. By understanding the type of waste you’ll be disposing of, you’ll be able to choose a skip that’s the right size and weight capacity.

Secondly, consider the scale of your project. Larger projects, such as garden clearances or home renovations, will require bigger skips than smaller projects, like minor landscaping or trimming the hedges. At our company, we offer a range of skip sizes, from mini skips for small projects to large skips for significant renovations. By assessing the scale of your project, you’ll be able to choose the right skip size that will fit your needs.

Thirdly, think about the space you have available. Skips require a significant amount of space, and it’s crucial to ensure that you have enough space for your chosen skip size. Large skips may not fit on narrow driveways, for example. It’s also essential to ensure that there’s enough clearance space for the delivery lorry to drop off and pick up the skip safely.

Here are five summer garden projects you might want to consider and the skip hire sizes that are best suited to the job.

Barbecue/Pizza Oven – 2 Cubic Yard Skip Walk-in

Building a brick barbecue or pizza oven is a fun summer project that doesn’t typically create a lot of waste. However, you may have some leftover bricks or earth you dug out from the foundations or footings. A 2 cubic yard walk-in skip is perfect for getting rid of small quantities of garden waste as you can easily wheel a barrow directly into it without having to lift anything over the sides.

Hot Tub – 3 Cubic Yard Skip

If you’re planning to install a hot tub, you’ll likely have some timber off-cuts if you build a shelter over it for rainy days. A 3 cubic yard walk-in skip is a convenient way to dispose of small amounts of waste, and it’s a great middle-ground option if you think 4 cubic yards would be too much, but you want more capacity than our smallest 2 cubic yard skips.

Greenhouse – 4 Cubic Yard Skip

When it comes to installing a greenhouse, there isn’t usually much waste. However, there may be protective packaging over the glass, and you’ll need to dig foundations as modern greenhouses usually sit on concrete footings or a low brick wall that extends below the ground. It’s best to give yourself some spare capacity for excess dirt you dig out and any extra bricks you don’t want to keep. A 4 cubic yard skip should be enough to get the job done.

Fish Pond – 6 Cubic Yard Skip

Creating a fish pond requires a surprising amount of earth to be dug out. A 6 cubic yard skip is usually enough to remove the dirt you dig out when creating a rigid-side or flexible liner fish pond. However, it’s essential to do the calculations beforehand to ensure you don’t need a bigger size than this.

Swimming Pool – 8 Cubic Yard Skip (and more!)

If you’re digging out a below-ground swimming pool, you need to work out how much earth you need to excavate before you start. For every cube measuring three feet along each side, you’ll need an 8 cubic yard skip. You may be able to use some of the excavated earth to fill in dips and hollows elsewhere in your garden, but if you want it taking away, you’ll want to hire an 8 cubic yard skip for every six-foot cube you dig out.

Final thoughts

Undertaking summer garden projects is a great way to make the most of the sunshine and create an outdoor space that you’ll love. Choosing the right skip hire size is essential to ensure your project runs smoothly and you can dispose of any waste quickly and easily. Keep these skip sizes in mind when planning your next garden project, and you’ll be sure to get the job done without any hassle! Ready to order? Scroll down and get a quote in under 30 seconds!

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