A Quick Guide To Understanding Topsoil

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A Quick Guide To Understanding Topsoil

A Quick Guide To Understanding Topsoil

17 December 2015
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Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you spend each winter planning a beautiful yard in the spring, but it doesn't seem to turn out the way you want, it is important to remember that the fault may not be yours. Specifically, it is a good idea to note that the needs of your yard will impact the type of topsoil you should choose. Below, you will learn about topsoil and the attributes of specific examples of loamy topsoil.

Understanding Topsoil

Topsoil is present for at least the top two inches and no more than eight inches of the ground. It is often necessary to supplement the existing topsoil, since it takes many years to develop and its ability to support growth can be diminished much faster.

When choosing a new topsoil, it will be helpful to remember the following ingredients commonly found in top soil:

  • Sand
  • Clay
  • Silt 

Sand does not absorb a lot of water and clay, as the smallest soil type, prevents air from entering and drying out the soil. Silt is a medium sized particle and shares some features with both sand and clay. Once you understand topsoil, it will be useful to understand why loamy topsoil are so popular.

Basic Loamy Topsoil

Whether you are supplementing your existing topsoil or no longer have topsoil in that area, standard loam soil is often the best choice. One reason for its popularity is that it will frequently contain equal amounts of sand, silt and clay. The presence of those elements allow the soil to contain adequate moisture and still drain enough water so that roots have access to air. 

Loam soil without any extra changes is commonly recommended when drainage or aeration are priorities. It is easy to rake through and allows plants with large roots a safe place to grow. If you find that the special needs of your yard require additional supplementation, you can often do so by choosing units with extra sand or clay, but since silt shares attributes of both, it is rarely necessary to add extra silt. You should check the packaging of that soil to make sure that inorganic matter, like manure or compost, are also present, since they function as fertilizers.   

Choosing A Loamy Topsoil With Extra Clay

Once you understand the basics of loamy topsoils, it will be helpful to consider why and when choosing an option with extra clay may be necessary. Since clay is known for safeguarding much of the water with which it comes into contact with, thus maintaining a damp area with little extra work. you may need this option during a period of water conservation or drought. In addition, that extra moisture can provide an ideal area for any greenery that needs extra water to flourish.

Or Perhaps A Higher Sand Content Is Necessary

Extra sand in your loam topsoil is frequently needed when a plant or other greenery in your yard needs water that quickly drains away. The sand also contributes to the soil's ability to maintain appropriate levels of air, water and nutrition. 

In conclusion, healthy topsoil is essential in order for anything to grow on that area of your yard. By knowing the different benefits and properties of common types of topsoil, a beautiful and lush yard can be at your fingertips sooner than you think. For more information, talk to a professional like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel.

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Hello, my name is Emily Green. Welcome to my website about home maintenance and repairs performed by general contractors. When I bought my first house, absolutely everything was in perfect condition. After living there for several months, however, I started to notice a slight decline in the finishes of certain materials in my house. I suspected that the items needed care, but I did not know how to proceed. A general contractor helped me learn everything I needed to know about home maintenance and repairs. I created this site to share this knowledge with my readers. Come by again soon to learn more.

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