Topsoil: A Better Understanding For Homeowners

Buying dirt may seem like an odd thing to do, but there are a lot of situations you may face as a homeowner that require certain forms of dirt. One of the forms of dirt that you will find available is topsoil. However, if you are like a lot of folks, you really don't understand what topsoil is or how it differs from other dirt options. Here are a few top questions about topsoil to help you find your way if you need to buy dirt at some point.

What's the difference between garden soil and topsoil?

You can find bags of garden soil at just about any home improvement store, and you may be tempted to buy it with the assumption that this must be the same thing as topsoil. However, the two are usually different. Topsoil is harvested from the upper levels of the ground in a certain area and is most often sold in large quantities. A few of the other differences between the two are as follows.

  • Topsoil tends to not be as absorbent as garden soil
  • Topsoil has more of a loamy texture than garden soil
  • Topsoil is better for general purpose landscaping than garden soil
  • Topsoil is much less expensive than garden soil

Because of the differences between the two, it is important to pick the right type of soil for your particular project. 

In what ways can you use topsoil on your property?

Topsoil has a lot of different uses. This is far more ordinary than potting soil or gardening soil mixes you buy by the bag and is generally used for larger-scale projects. For example, if you have an area of your yard that is sunken in, you would opt for a load of topsoil to fill it, or if you are filling in the ground after removing a pool, topsoil would be your best option. Some people also use ordinary topsoil when creating raised flower beds or gardens. If you do so, it is best to test the soil once it has been delivered to determine what nutrients are lacking, as topsoil is often just a basic blend of clay, silt, and sand that may be lacking certain qualities to support growth.

Where can you find topsoil?

If you have the equipment, you can actually harvest your own topsoil from certain areas of your property. However, this can be a tedious process and the act of doing so can disrupt the natural geology and nature of your land. You can find topsoil through most landscapers and gravel dealers sold by the load, scoop, or ton. Contact a company like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel to make an order for topsoil.