Investing in your landscaping can make all the difference in the aesthetic appeal of your home and yard. While there are two kinds of dirt that are important for the health of your yard, they serve very different purposes.
Topsoil is going to add nutrients to your yard where they are most needed. This means you can build beautiful, healthy gardens along with pretty plants and flowers. There are a variety of reasons why you want to receive a topsoil delivery made straight to your yard. However, you want to be as prepared as possible for that delivery. You also want to know exactly what purposes topsoil can serve in your particular yard.
Uses for Topsoil
There are several reasons why you might want to schedule a topsoil delivery. Overall, topsoil can serve to beautify your yard while also making it easier to grow gardens, flowers, and other plants. Some of the more common reasons to use topsoil include drainage purposes, shaping your landscape, planting a garden, and filling in uneven spots. Having that topsoil delivered is an added convenience as you beautify your yard. It can be a more cost-effective way to receive your topsoil and can make the chore of finishing your project much easier.
This is one of the more functional reasons to use topsoil. Topsoil can help mitigate drainage issues. For example, it can help improve drainage in places in your yard that hold onto water. You do not want to let drainage issues go for too long, as they can cause significant damage to your home over time.
Shaping Your Landscape
Shaping your landscape almost always requires the use of topsoil. For example, if you want to have varying levels of terrain in your yard, you can use topsoil to achieve that effect. You can also use to it create higher areas, such as raised flower beds.
When you raise areas using topsoil, you are not just making the space look nicer and more visually appealing, but you are also making it more functional since topsoil is where you would likely want to plant flowers and plants as well. So, you can create raised areas that also have aesthetically pleasing plants.
Planting a Garden
Topsoil is a necessity if you are planting a garden. For any plants or flowers to grow, they need the nutrients that are most commonly found in topsoil. Fill dirt just will not do the job for you.
This purpose for the soil requires that you do a bit of research and buy the topsoil that will best suit your project. You want it to have the nutrients you need and a texture that makes sense for your garden. If you are not sure what is in the topsoil you plan to have delivered, you can simply ask your provider for the topsoil’s composition, which can be provided to you. This is a way you can ensure whatever plants you are putting in the soil will get what they need to grow properly.
Filling in Uneven Spots
You want your yard to be flat or you could run in to future drainage trouble. Topsoil can also help with this issue, which is another more functional and practical purpose. Any spots in your yard that are low can serve as basins for water, which you definitely do not want. You can fill those spots in very easily with your topsoil. Once filled in, those areas are also more likely to grow grass, creating a more visually appealing yard overall.
Getting Prepared for a Delivery
Preparing for your topsoil delivery is important. There are some very straightforward, easy steps you can follow to make sure you have properly prepared your yard for a topsoil delivery. Being prepared makes the chore of spreading your soil that much easier. It also means you can get right to work once your topsoil has been dropped off.
1. Choose the Right Soil
You want to make sure that you have chosen the topsoil that is the best texture and grade for your individual project. You also want to ensure you have removed any debris or weeds from the area where you plan to lay your topsoil. Make spreading the topsoil as easy as possible once it has been delivered.
2. Estimate the Amount Required
There are a few things you should take into account when estimating how much topsoil your project needs. Think about what you plan to use the topsoil for and then plan accordingly.
If you just want to lay topsoil on your existing lawn area, you want to purchase enough to lay a consistent 1” of soil down. You should not really need more than that. If you are trying to fill in a vegetable garden, you will need a depth of 8 to 12 inches. For raised planting, you should plan on a depth that is greater. Usually accounting for 12 to 18 inches is a good rule of thumb. If the topsoil is for a new home seed lawn, you need 4 to 6 inches of depth but for a new home sodded lawn you need just 3 to 5 inches of depth.
Taking on a project of this size is a lot of work so it is best if you order the right amount of topsoil at the beginning. Then, you do not have to plan for a second delivery.
3. Till the Subsoil
You want to ensure you till the subsoil before your delivery arrives. You are likely adding topsoil because you want to increase the overall richness of your landscape. Therefore, you want the roots of any plants to be able to easily get the access they need to grow properly.
Getting a Topsoil Delivery
Now that you know how to prepare for your topsoil delivery and what projects will benefit most from topsoil, you need to find a reputable provider who will deliver to you. We encourage you to reach out to Dirt Connections with any further questions related to topsoil or to schedule your own topsoil delivery.