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Tip top topsoil

Tip top topsoil – not just good food for your garden

If you’re undertaking a landscaping project or giving your garden a makeover, chances are topsoil will feature on your shopping list. But did you know topsoil isn’t just good for planting? As well as being rich in nutrients, making it ideal for flower beds, topsoil can also be used for improving drainage or making repairs to patchy parts of lawn.  

Which type of topsoil should you use?

There are many different types of topsoil to choose from. Depending on where and how you intend to use topsoil, it is worth investigating the various compositions to ensure you get the right version for your project.

For example, sandy soil, drains quickly and therefore gets very dry during the warmer months. While clay soil, which is much higher in nutrients, tends to retain a high amount of water. Although silt soil is incredibly fertile, it is also extremely fine and therefore tends to wash away in the rain.

Loam topsoil is a mixture of sand, silt and clay making it an ideal all-rounder soil to work with. As well as being high in nutrients, it provides excellent drainage qualities and has none of the negative effects of its counterparts.

Here at NYEs we sell Melcourt RHS Endorsed Blended Loam Topsoil. This high-quality topsoil has been carefully manufactured and is ideal for a wide range of professional and domestic applications, including planters and raised beds. Fine textured, free-flowing, easy to handle and virtually stone free, it conforms to BS 3883:2015 meaning it meets National Housing Building Council (NHBC) warranty requirements.

Where can you use topsoil?

As already mentioned, as well as for flower beds and planters, topsoil can be used to fix lawn damage. To do this, spread the topsoil onto bare patches and fill in any areas where grass is growing thinly. This will help to support future growth. However, be careful not to be too heavy handed. Too much topsoil could suffocate your lawn and prevent regrowth. A thin layer will be enough to provide the grass with the fertilisation it needs to begin growing again in just a few weeks.

If your garden has drainage issues and tends to retain a lot of water on the surface, mixing it with topsoil will help to improve things. This change in composition will help your soil to drain more easily and allow water to filter through. To tackle problem areas effectively, be sure to mix the topsoil with the first 30cm of dirt in the ground. 

Whether you’re working on a construction project or making home improvements, we can help. For more information about our products, get in touch and our friendly team will be happy to assist you.