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7 Reasons To Use Topsoil in Your Garden

As an avid gardener, you should constantly try new methods to improve the appearance and health of your garden. One method to achieve this goal is by using topsoil. If you have never heard about it, topsoil is the 2 to 8-inch deep top layer of the soil you can find in your garden, yard, or field.

It is valuable for gardening because it consists of large amounts of organic matter and microorganisms that enrich the soil, making it perfect for cultivation. Within this depth, the soil absorbs water, plants receive nutrients, and sunlight supports the growing process. So let’s take a look at the unique benefits of using topsoil in your garden!

1. Blends With The Compost

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Composting is a perfect method to reduce household waste and provide soil containing plenty of nutrients for your plants. There are many cheap and easy DIY compost bins you can build if you don’t want to extend your budget – it’s very easy to make your own compost at home.

Nevertheless, most composts are made of organic matter, moisture, and bacteria, and your garden needs soil that can be used as a compost bed. Due to the similar content of nutrients and materials, topsoil is an excellent choice since it will blend great with your compost.

2. Fixes Damaged Lawns

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The last thing you want to happen to your garden is a damaged lawn. If it is uneven or has some patches, topsoil can easily fix these problems. All you have to do is spread two inches of topsoil on these surfaces and smooth them out with a shovel. Topsoil contains plenty of nutrients, so when it is spread over these spaces, your grass has a better chance to grow strong, healthy, and green. 

3. Helps Flowers Thrive

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If you want your flowers to thrive with their beautiful colors, consider adding topsoil! Flowers draw nutrients from the soil, and as you already learned, topsoil is full of them. Flowers need to replenish nutrients, especially after a long and cold winter; adding topsoil at the beginning of spring can give your plants an extra boost. You can also mix it with compost for the best results. Spread this mix across the garden bed and let it do its magic! 

4. Improves Drainage

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Poor drainage can be a bane to many gardeners, so if you don’t want your plants to drown during heavy rain, topsoil can help you with this issue too. Drainage problems can affect your garden when the soil is densely packed. Because of this, water cannot soak through smoothly to the roots.

Next time you spot puddles after a rainy day, cover them with a sandy topsoil. Till the new sandy mixture into the original soil and watch what happens! It will improve the drainage of your soil, causing the water circulation to continue. 

5. Facilitates The Creation Of A New Garden

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When you come up with the idea of creating a new place in your yard to plant flowers, vegetables, or herbs, it will be good to have some topsoil on hand. Building a completely new garden can be a challenging task if the area you have is of poor quality. However, after deciding where to start planting your new crops, place a few layers of newspaper, spread it with the mix of compost and topsoil, and water it frequently. After a while, everything will start decomposing, making the spot perfect for growing anything you want!

6. Protects Against Droughts

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Living in a hot and dry area makes growing plants much more difficult. So, to protect your crops against droughts, always have some topsoil stocked in your shed.

By applying topsoil over your plants, you lock the moisture drained into the soil, which reduces its evaporation. Thanks to that, even during dry periods, the roots will be able to hydrate.

7. Reduces the Occurrence of Erosion

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Growing a garden on a slope in an area affected by heavy and frequent rains will cause it to severely suffer the consequences of erosion. To protect your soil from being washed away, you will need plants with sturdy root systems that will be able to keep your soil in one place. Since roots need a lot of nutrients to grow strong, provide them with a layer of topsoil. Now, your garden will be less affected by erosion!

Top It Off

Having a healthy garden should be your number one priority if you are seriously thinking of growing plants. To make it stay in the best shape, start using topsoil. It is the first two to eight inches deep top layer of your soil that is richest in nutrients and organic matter. It can help you fix your damaged lawn, reduce erosion, improves drainage, make the plants grow stronger, and protect them from droughts. Add it to your arsenal today and see for yourself how it will benefit your garden!

Let us know if you have ever used topsoil before, and as always, please share!