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The Importance Of Topsoil For Your Garden

Feb 11th 2015 at 11:16 PM

You have the space for a garden and have committed to the time. But do you have the tools needed to make that garden grow? No, not the spade and garden gloves, but the proper soil. Topsoil can be an important tool in getting your garden into topnotch shape.


Topsoil is created when rocks and materials beneath the surface break down, allowing organic material to add to this upper layer of soil. This can also include the breakdown of roots and other parts of plants that have existed in that location. It can take many decades to create this nutrient rich topsoil and upwards of a century-plusat times. Due to this continual addition of organic matter, topsoil becomes extremely rich in its nutritional value, which can have a large impact on both new and continued growth.

Topsoil tends to be darker than other soil types. This is often due to increased organic content and can signal a high nutritional content. When creating a new garden, it can be helpful to add a substantial layer of topsoil during the initial stages of planning to give your plants a healthy start. If you already have a garden established but notice the plants are not thriving quite as well as you believe they could, consider gently adding a layer of topsoil around them to offer additional nutrients.


Topsoil can be obtained with different levels of density and quality, which can have a large impact on drainage. Once you have evaluated the soil currently in your garden, you can figure out whether you need assistance in this area and choose topsoil to either increase or reduce drainage. For instance, if your soil contains a considerable amount of clay, it can inhibit proper drainage, resulting in water becoming stagnant. This can create unwanted bacterial growth around the roots. In this case you would want topsoil that is heavier with sand, which can support drainage around your plants.

If your soil already has a heavy sand content to it, you may want to choose topsoil that has less sand in its mixture to ensure it does not drain too well. Over drainage can lead to a loss of the very nutrients you are trying to retain for your plants. If you are having issues with retaining water in your garden even before the topsoil is added, you may want to consider choosing one that contains a higher clay content to assist in reducing the overt water loss around your plants.

With a little research and a willingness to get your hands dirty, you can find the topsoil that can make your garden thrive.

To learn more about topsoil in San Jose, please visit this website.

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Brett has had a lifelong interest in plants and trees and writes about his interest as a creative outlet. You can read his latest musings at

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