When you are planning your garden, it is natural that you are going to be thinking in aesthetic rather than practical terms. Choosing a topsoil may not be as enticing as choosing your plants, in fact it is most probably considered one of the least exciting parts of renovating your garden but a good topsoil is imperative for your garden to thrive. If you don’t invest in a top quality topsoil, it could be detrimental to the life of your new plants.
Some people find it difficult to accept that they are going to have to spend money on what is essentially ‘dirt’ or ‘mud’ and although it might be tempting to save money by procuring cheaper products just bear in mind that ‘cheap’ and ‘good value for money’ are not necessarily the same thing.
Topsoil which is extremely cheap may contain contaminants that are bad for you and bad for the environment. Unscreened soil could be full of unwanted debris. It goes without saying that bricks, rubble, roots and weeds won’t help your plants grow. Unscrupulous traders have been known to sell subsoil as topsoil which are different very things. Subsoil will never support strong plant growth. Good soil structure is important for landscaping; you need to know that your soil will be the right consistency. Pots, planters and flower beds need nutrient rich and well drained topsoil to do well.
To summarise, topsoil is pretty important! It is the foundation of your garden and without it you wouldn’t have any plants. Investing in a good quality topsoil is going to be one of the integral parts of any gardening project as the topsoil contains all the nutrients that your plants or vegetables will need to have a strong and healthy life. It is therefore essential to spend a little time, money and effort in choosing the correct topsoil for your project; removing and re-laying topsoil is an expensive operation. The cost of digging out a substandard material and replacing it with ‘the real McCoy’ can end up being a lot more expensive than that initial ‘saving’! It pays dividends to establish the quality of any materials prior to use to save you time, money and hassle down the line. As the saying goes….prevention is better than cure!
So, as you can most probably gather, there is quite a lot to consider when choosing a topsoil – so much depends on the natural characteristics of your garden and what you plan to do with it.
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