4 Common Myths About Gardening With Topsoil

Written by Builders Sand & Gravel Inc. on . Posted in Blog

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It’s important to use the right materials in your gardening whether you’re renovating the entirety of your yard or simply making improvements to your flower beds. Incorrectly using the wrong types of topsoil can harm your plants or, even worse, make them wash away in heavy rain.

That being said, there are a number of myths associated with soil uses when it comes to gardening with topsoil. Here are some of the most common ones to help you use topsoil correctly in your next landscaping or gardening project.

    • Myth #1: All topsoils are the same. As mentioned above, different topsoils have different soil uses. So although topsoil is the uppermost layer of the soil and is typically two to eight inches thick regardless of the type you’re using, it’s still important to choose the right one for your project.
    • Myth #2: Topsoil proportions don’t matter. Different kinds of topsoil will contain different proportions of sand, clay, and silt, so it’s important to know which proportions may work best for your plants. Additionally, it’s essential the topsoil you use for your flower beds and other gardening projects have some form of organic matter because this is where your plants will get their nutrients from. No organic matter means no plant growth.
    • Myth #3: You don’t need to fertilize if your yard is nutrient-rich. Even if your yard has nutrient-rich soil, that soil needs to be replenished with nutrients every year to ensure proper plant growth. Therefore, it’s a good idea to fertilize your plants regardless of your yard’s soil. Your plants will thank you later.
    • Myth #4: You don’t need to till if you use topsoil. It’s still very important to till your garden when you’re getting ready to plant new flowers or vegetables. This is because soil can very easily become compacted, even with topsoil. And the last thing you want to do is choke the roots of your labor. Therefore, till your soil before you plant your flowers and include a good inch of compost for additional nutrients.

It’s important to know the materials you’re working with when you’re working on an outdoor project. For more information on topsoil delivery, utility sand, washed gravel, and rockery rocks for your own landscaping projects contact Builders Sand and Gravel today.