When it comes to garden maintenance, there are many problems you might face and topsoil can be your ideal solution. Topsoil is great for improving lawns, amending drainage issues or even for adding more plant beds. Why is topsoil so great? Well, it’s environmentally friendly, effective and efficient but most of all, topsoil is easy to use and versatile. Read below for our quick how-tos on some of the most common issues you might be facing.
If your lawn is starting to look a little worse for wear, like it has seen better days, topsoil and grass seeds are what you’ll need to restore it to its former glory.
Simply follow these easy steps:
- First, cut out the damaged area of the turf and fork over the remaining soil.
- Mix the remaining soil with sprinklings of topsoil, breaking up any lumps.
- Scatter grass seeds on the soil.
- Finally, cover this with a protective layer of topsoil, to prevent birds and animals from eating the newly added seed.
Over time, the grass will begin to grow through the topsoil, resulting in a fresh and new lawn.
If lawn quality isn’t your issue but an uneven lawn is, here’s how topsoil can help:
- Cut out the section of the lawn that is lower than the rest.
- Top it up with topsoil.
- Mix the soil through firmly.
- Top it up with pure topsoil, until you reach the desired height.
- Finally, plant grass seeds and cover with topsoil.
Additional Plant Beds
Moving away from lawns, what if your problem is a lack of space for your flower beds? Topsoil is great in helping you manually form more flower beds. To do this, mix the existing soil with topsoil to a depth of approximately four inches. This will create a transition layer, which will prevent potential drainage issues between the two soils, giving you the space to add topsoil here to your required depth. This is going to create more flower beds but also improve the quality of your soil.
If your garden was formed on poor quality soils, such as red clay or shrinkable clay, topsoil can help with plant growth. Rather than digging up your entire lawn, using topsoil is a less time consuming and more cost-effective way to improve its quality. If there are any sections where plants are struggling to grow, repairing them as soon as possible will prevent any further damage.
Keeping plants healthy and filled with lots of minerals and nutrients can be quite difficult, this is where topsoil is a great option. Topsoil is rich in nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, all of which are key in growing healthy plants and because they’re in the upper layer, and they’re the most accessible. To keep plants healthy and well fed, you can use topsoil on top of the already existing soil. If you’re adding to an entire area, it is important to mix the soils to approximately four inches. When you’re planting seeds, don’t forget to water the soil and then loosen it with a rake. Fertilising the soil on a monthly basis will also keep your topsoil full of nutrients, allow you to see the results when your flowers bloom.