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Topsoil is the dirt and nutrients that plants grow in from which they obtain their food and water. It is essential for establishing a productive vegetable or flower garden as well as being a vital component for any field crop.

The best topsoil contains a mixture of nitrogen, potassium and decayed plant material along with other elements that provide the optimum growing medium for plants. It is often measured by depth, with areas that can be several feet thick to some areas where the amount of soil is very thin and few plants are able to grow there.

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Topsoil or topsoil with compost, is sold at home improvement, gardening stores and plant nurseries. Most of what is for sale in these stores is sold by the cubic foot, meaning that when spread equally, a one cubic foot bag of soil will cover one foot deep by one foot wide by one foot in height.

Once an area is set aside, in which you want to lay the garden-ready soil, it is best to prepare the area by removing unwanted debris, trash, and weeds, before placing the soil into the planting beds or garden boxes.

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When using new soil over an existing garden or flowerbed, it is best to work the new soil into the existing soil; this can be done by hand with a shovel and rake or by using a tiller to break up the soil and mix the new and older types together.  This allows the soil more openings for water to be collected and room for the roots to grow and expand as the plants grow. A healthy root system is one of the factors that help the plants to grow strong and flourish.

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There are different kinds of soil that are used for various purposes, depending on what you are growing. The main point to keep in mind is that the plants need to have a good mixture of compost and soil. This enables the roots to have adequate drainage and not become waterlogged.

Gardeners sometimes make use of raised beds to grow flowers and vegetables, in order to be sure that the areas are suitable for the growth of both vegetables and flowers, and to allow for easier access for weeding and watering. Raised beds are not difficult to make; one can easily assemble them with block pavers, old brick, or even railroad ties being used to raise the height of the area where you want to grow your plants.

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When you use topsoil for indoor plants, check to see that the topsoil is suitable for the types of plants that you are growing. For example, African violets require a different acidity of soil and drainage than spider plants or amaryllis bulbs.

With indoor plants, the lighting and watering are the major considerations to take into account. Soil can be used for outdoor patio gardening, as long as there are containers that have good drainage and are not too tightly packed with soil.

Homeowners who are setting up their yards with sod or planting grass seed need to make sure they have a topsoil mixture that will allow the roots to be secured quickly, enabling the seeds to sprout and grow without trouble. Also it is important to make sure that the drainage of the yard flows away from the foundation of the house, otherwise there could be flooding of the basement or mold problems with excess water.

Using topsoil to improve the soil in order to grow food, flowers, or a wonderful looking lawn is one of the joys of springtime planting and yard perfection.

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19 Responses to Topsoil

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    • Bob on November 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Dear Cherry,

      Thank you for your offer, but we don’t sell topsoil from this site, this site is purely an informational site. However, we host on the site 3rd party advertisements, and depending on where you are from, you might find them relevant.

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    • Bob on January 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you for the visit, and thank you for the feedback. You also have a nice site. Consider increasing the size of the text in the header.

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    • Bob on January 17, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Dominick,

      Thank you for the visit and for leaving a comment. Best of luck with your Amazon store.

  5. Donald on January 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Hi, I came here looking for the actual price of topsoil today in a store, why don’t you include that?

    • Bob on January 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Donald,

      Thank you for the constructive criticism, which is in order, you are not the first to notice that we don’t have actual current topsoil prices. That is because this site is built to be an information site, and the resources (time, etc.) that it would take in order to keep such a list current is not worth it to us, as we don’t sell topsoil here on the site. But there are third-party ads on the site, and depending where you live you may find one of them relevant.


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    • Bob on February 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Thank you for your visit and for your comment. No matter about losing the first comment, I’m sure it was very constructive and I appreciate it even though I didn’t see it.

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      Thank you for your visit and for your comment. I visited your site also but it is not up right now.

      The accepted, universally used plugin is called Akismet. I recommend it, it does a good job.

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  10. Debra on May 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Bob, I don’t know if you can give a new gardener advice. My husband gave me a bag of topsoil (Long Island compost topsoil) it’s in 40 lbs plastic bags from last spring to use in our window boxes on our home. Can I use it or will the “old” topsoil hurt my flowers? Thank. You for your advice.

    • Bob on May 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Debra,

      You’re not the first one to ask me advice about topsoil and gardening questions, but this is the first one that I am actually printing. I’ll tell you the truth, I’m not an ignoramus about topsoil, which I think you realize, still I don’t want to answer individual questions on the site. Mainly because it opens me up to legal repercussions, which are beyond the scope of what I am willing to take upon myself. There are all kinds of people in the web-wide-world, and, well…

      My advice to you would be to give a call to where your husband bought the topsoil and ask them.

      Hoping that you understand and wishing you much success in all of your endeavors,