Tips for improving the condition of your topsoil and growing better plants
The condition of the topsoil in your garden will have a big influence on how well you are able to grow healthy plants. Good quality soil that contains plenty of nutrients is necessary for growing strong and vigorous plants that are more resistant to disease and pests.
Soil management of any area where plants grow is important as it is an ongoing process. Even if your soil is currently in great condition, a season or two of growth can deplete its nutrient store and require some topping up with either small amounts of compost or even a fresh ton of topsoil packed with nutrients.
Let’s run through some top soil management tips for improving your topsoil to grow the best plants possible.
Add Compost to the Topsoil
By mixing in some high quality compost, you can give a huge nutrient boost to your existing topsoil. This can be done in much lesser amounts than with topsoil itself as the compost will be very rich in the foods plants need to grow strong and healthy.
Mulch the Topsoil Surface
Mulching can be a good idea for certain areas where plants are growing as it helps recreate the sort of conditions that plants thrive in. A good layer of bark mulch will help the soil retain moisture and keep it from overheating during hot days.
Another benefit is that the mulch helps prevent weeds from growing and stealing all the lovely nutrients from the soil. Bark mulch also decomposes over time and its organic matter blends into the topsoil to further boost the soil’s quality.
De-Compact the Soil
Compacted soil hinders plant growth so de-compacting it should give your garden the best chance of thriving during the growing season. The hindrance of compacted topsoil comes from the lack of water drainage and low nutrient absorption due to a decrease in microbiological activity. Plant roots also struggle to spread out due to the compacted soil, preventing them from absorbing moisture and nutrients to grow.
To minimise topsoil compaction, keep your growing areas free of foot traffic wherever possible. Some clay soil can become compacted simply from rain and snow, so may require a good loosening with a garden tool every now and then again anyway.
It is also a good idea to loosen up the soil when adding compost or a ton of topsoil so the nutrient-rich ingredients can mix properly with the established soil.
Better Soil Management with the Topsoil Calculator
You can find out exactly how much topsoil you need for your own soil management purposes by using the Topsoil Calculator. You simply enter the shape and dimensions of the area you need the topsoil for and it will use the recommended depth for that product to calculate how much you need.
If you want to buy a ton of topsoil or in
smaller amounts, or learn more about soil management, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921
for more information.