Topsoil for sale

Choosing good topsoil is essential to growing and maintaining thriving lawns, borders and beds. Soil is the basis for any good garden and topsoil is the crucial upper layer. Good topsoil contains the essential elements required for plants to flourish. What is topsoil used for? Topsoil is the medium in which everything grows. It is relatively shallow - usually the top 5 to 10 inches. Topsoil contains nutrients, minerals and organic matter. Topsoil is used for:

  • Improving the quality of garden soil.
  • Adding depth to a shallow garden.
  • Establishing new planting areas, beds and borders.
  • Laying a new lawn.
  • Acting as a top dressing to an existing lawn.

Other uses for topsoil include functioning as a growing medium for hanging baskets, window baskets, pots and raised bed planters. Is topsoil the same as soil? Ultimately, soil is soil. However, topsoil is distinct from garden soil. Soil in any individual garden is a unique mixture of organic matter, sand, silt and clay. Topsoil for sale is a specially formulated landscaping material while garden soil is mixed to suit certain growing conditions. How deep should my topsoil be? How deep your topsoil should be depends on the purpose you are using it for. As a general rule, plants will grow better in deeper topsoil and will develop stronger root systems. However, you can consider the following recommendations:

  • For general gardening and most planting - 8 inches (200 mm).
  • For lawns - 4 to 6 inches (100 mm to 150 mm).
  • For surface crops such as tomatoes, courgettes and beans - 6 to 8 inches (150 mm to 200 mm).
  • For root vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips and carrots - 12 inches to 16 inches (300 mm to 400 mm).

What should good topsoil look like? There are different grades of topsoil. Good topsoil suppliers will provide you with a product that has been tested to be Grade 1 industry quality. Good topsoil has the following characteristics:

  • Free of large stones.
  • Relatively dark in tone because of a high organic matter content.
  • Not too black as that can indicate a lack of minerals.
  • Crumbly and not clumped into balls, which can be caused by too much clay.
  • Free from seeds and weed roots.

Does topsoil help grass? A layer of topsoil added to a lawn can help grass to grow. This called “topdressing”. However, topsoil should only be applied to a lawn in the following way:

  • Use topsoil similar to that which is already in the lawn. You can buy a soil testing kit to do this.
  • You only need to add 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch of topsoil.
  • Gently spread the topsoil, paying attention to depressions which may require a little more to level them out.
  • You can then add further seed to the topsoil. New grass shoots will struggle to grow through if they are buried too deeply in topsoil.

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