Top uses for topsoil
Topsoil, as its name suggests, is the top 5 to 6 inches of soil and its makeup depends on what organic material has been added to it. Topsoil is prized by builders who mix it with gravel and concrete to create stronger foundations, and in agriculture for its ability to help the rapid decomposition of crop waste. It’s also host to a whole microcommunity of worms and other organisms that help to improve the structure of the soil.
Create a raised bed
Mixing topsoil with ordinary garden soil in a raised bed creates a transition layer that helps with drainage. Finish with a layer of topsoil to which additional organic material has been added for the perfect no dig garden bed.
Repair a damaged lawn
If your lawn has bald patches or is no longer level, then add topsoil to level it out and to reseed bare patches. Simply add 1 inch of topsoil and scatter with grass seed, working the seeds in well with a rake or hand tiller. Water daily and your new lawn should start sprouting in a few weeks. Otherwise, use the topsoil to create the ideal base layer for new grass turf.
If you have a sandy or clay soil, then working in topsoil can significantly improve the drainage. Work the topsoil into the existing soil to a depth of around 12 inches, adding compost and/or bark chips and/or sand as appropriate for your type of soil. It’s advisable to do a soil test afterwards, to ensure that the Ph balance is still appropriate for the plants you have.
Create hard landscaping
Topsoil is excellent for adding strength to other landscaping materials and therefore preventing erosion. Compact your topsoil and you’ll create the perfect base for concrete, flagstones, rock and other hard landscaping materials.
Encourage helpful organisms
We’re all aware of the benefits of worms in the garden, but did you know that an acre of living topsoil contains approximately 900 pounds of earthworms? In fact, topsoil is a living organic home for all kinds of creatures that are beneficial to your garden by fertilising the soil, providing essential nutrients and producing productive crops for us to enjoy.