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Topsoil for Planting Beds

It is important that you use the topsoil correctly when installing planting beds. You can’t just rely on the topsoil to do the job for you, rather you have to do everything you can to ensure that the plants growing in the bed have as much of a chance as possible to thrive and survive. So what do you do?
Topsoil and Planting Beds

Topsoil needs plenty of sunlight in order for plants to grow, but it can’t have so much sun that it dries out the soil. If you need to create the planting beds in a place that is in the sun most of the day, you can use mulch to ensure that the sun doesn’t drain all the moisture from the topsoil. Certain kinds of mulch actually release nutrients into the soil slowly, a big advantage.

Next, mark out the place where the planting beds will be. You can use rectangular, circular, or square planting beds, but keep in mind that you have to be able to reach all of the greens that you have planted without stepping on the planting bed (which will kill the shoots). Make sure that you mark out the bed with the proper pathways on either side.

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Use a spade to cut the paths into the ground, and use the extra topsoil to elevate the planting beds off the ground. This helps ensure that the water running around the beds won’t erode the plants away, and will clearly mark out the places where the beds will be.

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Make sure to get rid of any weeds and rocks from the place where the planting beds will be, and use a hoe to thoroughly churn up the dirt. Sift through the dirt to get out any dead roots, small rocks, or other items of debris that you may have missed on the first pass, and make sure the soil is completely debris-free. Once the soil has been aerated and churned, pour a layer of topsoil onto the place where the beds will be, rake the beds smooth, and start planting.

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