If you’re planning to overhaul your yard this spring with new landscaping and sod, you should understand how topsoil plays an important part in it. Whether your makeover project includes adding a patio or just some new shrubs with fresh rock or mulch, working with your natural stone dealer to get the right topsoil in your yard will make a difference for years to come.
Few Homes Today Have Good Topsoil
If you’re tired of replacing shrubs or looking at ones that don’t thrive, chances are good that you have an issue with your topsoil. There are a few reasons this happens and you can likely identify why it’s happening at your home.
- A builder came in and scraped the topsoil from the lot before building leaving a layer of clay. Clay doesn’t drain well so the roots sit in water and rot or the roots have trouble getting into it so your shrubs don’t thrive.
- Your home was built on an old farm that used up most of the nutrients in the soil.
- The builder left the excess gravel used in the foundation, driveway and sidewalks around and the roots of your plants and grass burn from contact from the rocks.
Good topsoil can solve most of these issues although if you have lots of rocks around, you’ll likely want to clear the soil completely rather than adding a layer of topsoil.
How to Add the Right Amount of Topsoil to Your Landscaping Areas
You’ll have to do a little research before you know a definitive answer. All you need to do is take a small shovel to a few areas where you’re looking to improve the health of the plants. Ideally, you want about 8” of topsoil. If you dig into your garden area and have only a few, you’ll know you need to add a significant amount. The issue some homeowners have is that they don’t want a raised garden area which means they need to remove the topsoil they have and then dig down to remove some of the clay or rocks. Only then can they add a new layer of topsoil to help their landscaping thrive.
The Rock Place Has Quality Topsoil
If you’re only filling a planter, it makes sense to buy a bag of quality topsoil from your local home improvement store. However, when you’re working on a larger area, it’s much cheaper and easier to buy topsoil in bulk from your local natural stone dealer The Rock Place. We can help you determine how many cubic feet you need for your project. Come by 475 Wade Herrod Rd in Smyrna or call us at (615) 459-9200.