Topsoil: Its Types And Why You Need It

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types of topsoilWhether you’re a seasoned gardener or you’re still developing your green thumb, it’s no secret that topsoil is one of the most important aspects of your outdoor growing projects. As the uppermost layer of soil, usually between two and eight inches down, it houses some of the most important nutrients and raw material for both landscaping and gardening. But one topsoil certainly doesn’t fit all. There are many types of topsoil, each with their own benefits to your garden and landscaping project.

Ultimately, the types of topsoil you use depend on your project. But before we answer the question “what kind of topsoil do I need for my garden?” We first need to look at what exactly topsoil is.

What Is Topsoil?
Topsoil is a highly valuable gardening material that can be delivered to construction sites and homes through topsoil delivery services. It can be used to supplement or replace difficult soil in gardens, as it’s a very nutrient-dense material. In fact, most topsoil blends contain between 2% and 10% organic material.

Are There Different Types of Topsoil?
Yes! The type of topsoil you should be using is really dependent on its make-up. Topsoil is made up of various combinations and percentages of other soil types, blended with organic matter. The most popular of these soil types is called “sandy loam,” and it’s the one used by most gardeners. It is roughly 40% silt, 40% sand, and 20% clay, which provides for an incredibly fertile soil that holds nutrients and moisture around a plant’s roots. It also doesn’t waterlog or drain too quickly. Other types include clay soils, fertile but very prone to water logging, and sandy soils which are low in nutrients due to the speed at which it drains.

Why You Should Get Topsoil
Topsoil is incredibly fertile, depending on the percentages of nutrients within it. If you get the sandy loam type soil preferred by most gardeners, you’ll experience a highly fertile garden. You might have to experiment depending on the flora that you plan to grow. You should speak to your soil provider to get a better understanding of what type of soil you should get for your project.

If you have any questions about topsoil, the different types of topsoil, or the delivery of this much-needed farming and landscaping tool, don’t hesitate to ask. After all, an educated gardener is a great gardener!

DIY Landscaping: What To Do First And What Tools You Should Be Using

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Nothing brings your yard to the next level more than landscaping. Not only does it set your home apart from the others on the block, it also increases its resale value up to 14%. And what’s more: you don’t necessarily have to pay a landscaper to do the job for you. You can easily do it yourself with the right tips and the right supplies.

Begin with hardscaping
Before you even think of touching your plants, it’s important that you first get the hardscaping part of your exterior re-design out of the way. Even if use rockery rocks to border the outside of your garden, your plants and turf can still be impacted by construction work. Therefore, it’s important that you work on the plants and garden only after you’ve finished construction work on the following hardscaping projects:

    • Sidewalks
    • Driveways
    • Porches
    • Fences
    • Patios
    • Decks

Using the right types of topsoil
Once you’ve finished your hardscaping projects, you can now commence with your gardening and making your yard look fresh and colorful. One of the first things to ask yourself before you begin to make a gorgeous landscaping design is: “what kind of topsoil do I need for my garden?”

With topsoil, it’s important that it contains organic matter such as compost or peat moss. This makes it more fertile for your plants. Potting soil can actually make your garden less likely to bloom because the dirt can become compact and won’t be loose enough to encourage growth.

What can I use gravel for in my garden?
It’s important that you do not use drainage gravel at the bottom of your garden or potted plants. What is drainage gravel you ask? Drainage gravel is a type of gravel rock that is used as a base surface to allow for water to filter through. Because of this, many gardeners believe they should use this type of gravel in their potted plants in order to increase drainage. However, this isn’t true. It’s actually better to use organic soil in your potted plants.

Use drainage gravel outside of your potted plants instead for a more effective gardening method. By placing gravel around the drainage tray of the plant, you can help the plant hold the water while simultaneously keeping the roots of the plant out of any additional moisture that may result in root rot or molding.

DIY landscaping can give your yard a wonderful new look without the amount of money you would otherwise spend on a designer. By purchasing your own tools, gravel, soil, and wood, you can turn your yard into a getaway in the span of a single project.