The beginnners’ guide to topsoil


If you enjoy growing flowers and veggies in your garden, it’s essential that you have good soil. Gardens with poor quality soil may benefit from the addition of some new topsoil. But what is commercial topsoil and what are its uses in your garden?

What is topsoil?

As its name suggests, topsoil is the dirt that forms the top half metre or so of your garden’s surface. Topsoil is comprised of natural minerals including powdered rock and sand, and organic matter, such as rotted vegetation and even animal remains. This soil is formed over millennia and contains most of the nutrients required to promote good growth of the fauna in the environment.

There are many topsoil suppliers who supply topsoil of different quality and grades, depending on what you want it for.

The advantages of adding topsoil to your garden

Topsoil is often added to gardens in order to improve the quality of the existing soil. It’s particularly useful for the gardens of newly built houses that contain a high level of clay and other rough material that was excavated when the building’s foundations were dug. Topsoil contains organic nutrients and fine material, such as sand, which can improve the poor drainage and air circulation found in clay soils.

Some areas have soil with high sand or gravel content. Although this aids draining, it can leave the soil lacking in organic matter and substance, making it difficult for plants to form a stable root system and derive the nutrients they need to grow. Adding topsoil can help to solve this problem.

Where to obtain topsoil

We can provide you with good quality topsoil for use in your garden. The topsoil we supply is graded into two different types: unscreened and screened.


Screened topsoil: is filtered through meshes of different gauges during the production process. This means that you can choose the density of the topsoil you want for your garden, depending on the nature of the improvements you want to make to your existing soil. For example, in the case of fine, sandy soil, you would choose heavy gauge topsoil to provide substance and weight, which would help to prevent the top layer of soil being blown away by the wind and provide a stable rooting medium for plants.


Unscreened topsoil: is not gauged and is, therefore, more random in texture and cheaper to buy. Unscreened topsoil is useful if you just want some bulky material for levelling an area of your garden in preparation for construction work or to put beneath a new lawn.


Topsoil is essential if you want your garden to bloom. It can also be useful when undertaking landscaping construction projects. Ask the experts at London Topsoil Company for more advice on what type of topsoil would best suit your needs.