Topsoil is the perfect solution for many homeowner issues and can be used as a great way to improve your garden. Whether you are looking to create more space for plant life or need an easy way to amend your drainage, topsoil can be the most cost effective, environmentally friendly and efficient way to solve your gardening problems.
For areas that have worn over time, you can use grass seed and topsoil to repair your lawn. Cut out the damaged area of the turf and fork over the soil that is already there, mixing it with sprinklings of topsoil and breaking up any lumps. Then scatter grass seeds on the soil, and finally laying a protective covering of topsoil to prevent birds and animals from eating the new seeds. The grass will soon grow through the topsoil to create a fresh new lawn.
If your lawn is uneven, you can use the same technique to create a flat and balanced surface. Cut out the section of the lawn that is lower than the rest and top it up with topsoil. Make sure you mix the soil through firmly and then top up with pure topsoil until reaching the desired height. Then plant grass seeds and cover with topsoil.
If your garden is formed on poor quality soil such as red clay or shrinkable clay, you may be experiencing problems with plant growth. There are ways, however, in which you can improve the quality of your garden without spending a lot of time and money digging up your entire back lawn – either by repairing already existing plant beds or by creating new ones. For any sections where plants are struggling to grow, it is important to repair them as soon as possible as this will prevent any further damage.
Alternatively, if you just want to create more room for flowers in your garden through manually forming additional flower beds, using topsoil works perfectly. Mix the already existing soil with top soil to a depth of approximately four inches. This will then create a layer that will prevent drainage problems between the two soils, allowing you to then add to this soil to your required depth using topsoil. Using this process will significantly improve the quality of your soil and also gives you the instruments required to create new flower beds.
Topsoil contains more nutrients than any other type of soil, and the upper layer is where nutrients are most accessible to the plants. This is why we use top soil on top of already existing soil, in order to keep plants healthy and fed properly. If you fertilise your soil every month or so, you can keep your topsoil full of nutrients, allowing you to see the full benefit when your flowers bloom.
It is important to remember to mix topsoil with already existing soil to approximately 4 inches if you are adding topsoil to an entire area, and when planting seeds, water the soil before loosening it with a rake.