Top Tips for Buying Topsoil


If you need topsoil for your garden, then you might be facing the potentially confusing process of buying soil in bulk from a garden supplier. The type of soil you need depends on what you plan to use it for. The following guide will hopefully help you to make the right purchase decision. 

1. Choosing Topsoil for Turf

If you plan to lay turf on top of your new soil, then almost any general-purpose topsoil should be up to the task. Ideally, look for soil that has been screened to remove lumps of clay and larger stones. The best type of topsoil for helping a lawn to get established is something that is both sandy and loamy, which allows the grass roots to form a secure and stable foundation.

2. Choosing Topsoil for Flower Beds and Borders

If you need topsoil to create borders and flower beds in your newly remodelled garden, then it is best to go for a high-quality screened topsoil. The ideal type of soil for flowers and bedding plants has a high content of organic matter, which contains the nutrients that plants need to use to quickly produce foliage and flowers.

Some garden suppliers offer topsoil that has been blended with organic compost or a soil improver product. This kind of topsoil is ideal and will give your bedding plants the best possible start in their new home.

3. Choosing Topsoil for Vegetable Gardens

Vegetable plots have high nutrient requirements. Therefore, it is important to purchase a premium quality topsoil in order to produce a nutritious and delicious crop. Look for topsoil that has as high a content of organic matter as possible. You can maintain the quality of the soil each growing season by regularly adding compost to it to keep the nutrient level high.

4. Do You Need to Buy Topsoil?

An alternative to buying new topsoil for your garden is to improve the soil you already have. Garden suppliers sell soil improvers, which are products that you can add to your soil to improve their nutrient content. Another option is to mix organic compost into the soil using a fork or rotavator. Of course, if you are planning to add a whole new area to your garden, such as converting a patio into a vegetable plot or adding raised beds, then you will need to purchase topsoil in order to get the quantity of soil that you need.


22 November 2021

Winter proofing my garden

Winter is coming, at least to my garden. I am working on how to make sure that I protect my garden from heavy frosts this year because last year some of my bulbs and fruit trees suffered frost shock. Often the best way to avoid frost shock and make sure that you have a beautiful garden year round is to do some sensible prep work in winter including prune, mulching, and building shade clothes. This blog has tips for gardeners in cooler climates who like to have beautiful flowers and fruits all year round, no matter what the weather is like.