If you want the plants in your new garden to really bloom, you will need to make sure that you use soil which is rich in nutrients. If you use soil which does not offer the proper support to the plants you wish to grow, they are likely to struggle and may even die. The first thing you need to do when planting anything in your new garden is a soil test. A soil test will establish the quality of the soil and the different levels of nutrients and minerals which it contains. If you find that the soil is lacking in some areas, you can remedy this by applying topsoil to the ground. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about working with topsoil.
Use the correct type of topsoil
When you visit your local garden centre, you may be amazed at the range of different topsoils available. However, not all of the soils on offer will be suitable for your garden. For domestic gardens, you should look for a soil which has a low clay content. Soils which contain a lot of clay will not allow water to drain away and could result in the roots of plants becoming waterlogged.
Consider the mix of the topsoil
Once you have identified the correct grade of soil, you should consider the mix. The mix is the ratio between the soil itself and the organic matter it contains. Using the correct mix can have a big impact on how well the plants in your garden grow. Ideally, the higher the level of organic matter, the better, especially if you are starting to grow young plants and trees as they will require high levels of nutrition. If you would like further advice about the best mix, you should speak to a soil supplier.
Consider how you will lay the topsoil in your garden
Once you have transported the soil home, you will need to lay it on the flower beds. First, you will need to clear the area of any existing roots or old plants. You should then lay topsoil so that it creates a raised bed. As time passes, the topsoil will settle and sink to ground level.
If you would like to find out more about topsoil and its impact on the environment in your garden, you should contact your local garden centre or soil supplier for further advice and information.