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Why topsoil is essential for a healthy spring garden
21st February 2021

Why topsoil is essential for a healthy spring garden

Topsoil is essential for a healthy spring because it contains all the nutrients that grass, flowers and all other plants need to survive. Unhealthy soil lacking in these vital nutrients will not produce thriving vegetation. Lawns will be patchy and easily damaged, flowers will be sparse and any attempts to grow vegetables will be disappointing.

You may be fortunate to be living in an area that has plentiful amounts of topsoil with a high count of nutrients, but not everyone is so lucky. However, everyone can benefit from buying topsoil that is packed to the brim with all the nutrients a plant needs.

Even if your garden’s soil is in poor health and lacking nutrients, it can be very quickly revived with the addition of a new layer of topsoil to reinvigorate it with the fuel to feed your grasses, flowers and vegetables.

 

British Soil Varieties

Finding out what kind of soil you have in your garden is a good way to know exactly how much topsoil or how many topsoil bulks bags you need to reinvigorate your garden. The soil type could be clay, sand, silt, chalk or loam, or a mixture of any of these.

Clay soils are usually high in nutrients, but tend to be heavy with poor drainage during the wet and cold months of the year. They can also become baked during hot weather and completely dry out, requiring extra watering which the soil then won’t drain very well until the heat evaporates it and dries it out completely again.

Sandy soils are usually acidic and low in nutrients but tend to be quite light and warm, draining well so regular watering is no problem. While a good soil to grow in, they will likely require a little boost from some nutrient-rich topsoil.

Silt soils are often high in nutrients but also suffer from the same water-logging that clay soils are known for. The moisture retention properties of silt soil means it can get densely compacted quite easily, especially if there is any foot traffic in the area.

Chalky soils will usually be very alkaline-heavy and not very good for growing anything. If you have chalky soil then you will definitely need to lay down a layer of nutrient-rich topsoil before beginning your spring growing adventures.

Loam is a soil consisting of a nutritious mix of sand and silt that is a huge benefit to all vegetation growing there. The high nutrient count and the excellent draining properties make loams the best soil to grow in.

 

Choosing Your Topsoil and Using the Topsoil Calculator

Use the Topsoil Calculator to determine how much you need for a particular area, just by entering the area’s shape and its dimensions.

If you want the very best soil, then look no further than Fine Loam Topsoil. It is a little more expensive than the other varieties but for good reason. There are more cost-effective topsoil products you can use as well, such as the Blended Topsoil and the Multi-Purpose Topsoil. If you have budgetary restraints then you may also consider the Screened Economy Topsoil which is a good topsoil at an even better price.

 

If you want to buy a topsoil bulk bag or have ever asked ‘why can I buy topsoil near me?’ then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.