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What Is Topsoil? Commonly Asked Questions

Topsoil is the layer of soil between the sub-soil and the ground’s surface. Naturally, topsoil is formed through decaying minerals and organic matter. As a result, soil from certain areas can be of higher quality than others depending on the environment and history of the area. What’s more, you can mix this type of growing medium with fertile soil improvers and nutrients to form the perfect substrate for growing crops. If you’re interested in the different kinds of soil, and answers to common questions, then read on to find out more.

Will Grass Seed Germinate On Top Of Soil?

Yes, grass seed is exceptionally good at germinating in this kind of environment. Moreover, it is generally encouraged to only ever use fine layers of soil on top of freshly seeded areas. This way, you can avoid patchy or failed germination. Grass has naturally evolved to grow in an exposed state due to the plant’s evolution and process of reproduction. We recommend covering your grass seed with only a very fine layer of soil, if any, and water with a mist daily.

What Is Topsoil Used For?

Topsoil is used for a variety of different purposes and can be adapted to do so. Whether it’s growing crops, laying the base for a lawn, or enriching an underperforming area of ground. You can access a range of different types of topsoil. These include loamy, sandy and clay-based, to match the purpose of your land.

How Many Different Types Of Soil Are There?

There are six different general types of top soil and these can be mixed and matched to suit a variety of circumstances. For example, if you’d like to create an alpine garden bed, you might opt for sandy topsoil with a mix of chalk and silt. Alternatively, you may want to grow native plants, for this, you can mimic the soil found in its native habitat to replicate the perfect substrate. The different kinds of topsoil are as follows:

  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Chalk
  • Peat

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Should I Use Top Soil For My Vegetable Garden?

Topsoil is a fantastic starting point for your raised beds and vegetable garden. Furthermore, crops of this nature tend to like a lot of nutrients, and topsoil is the perfect base for this. From there, you can add nutrients and organic matter to suit your desired vegetable’s needs. Nutrient burn is an aspect that most gardeners should be aware of. As a result, the best way to start a vegetable garden is with a neutral base like topsoil. From here, you can add organic matter and nutrients as needed, to avoid overdoing it.

Choose Woodland Horticulture For Quality Topsoil

If you’re looking for the best topsoil in Somerset, then look no further than Woodland Horticulture. We offer the best soil around, along with soil improvers and a variety of other horticulture supplies to ensure your crops are bountiful.

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