What is Topsoil?
Topsoil is the top few inches of the ground you are going to use, it is essential that this top layer of soil has all of the nutrients required for your palnting project or new lawn
Choosing the right Topsoil
It is important that you buy the right topsoil for your project, cheap recycled soils that have come from skip waste have no place in a healthy garden, laying a new lawn or trying to plant borders in this soil is like putting diesel in a petrol car.
Topsoil for your new lawn
Turf is very hardy and will find a way to make root to some of the worst surfaces such as soil that is heavy and full of clay, we have even seen people laying turf on building sand but to keep up a healthy lush lawn it is essential that you use a quality clean farm sourced topsoil like our classic loam soil. Just like humans can survive on pizza and fizzy drinks we would be much healthier on organic vegetables and steamed fish and your lawn is no different a clean fertile loamy soil will provide all of the goodness for rapid root establishment, a healthy green colour and moisture retention.
Topsoil for your flower beds and veg growing
For flower beds and vegetable growing both our classic soil and vegemate soil will produce good results, of course there are many species of flowers and vegetables/fruits and some will have different needs from others, for example potatoes,broccoli and cabbage tend to require quite high levels of nitrogen and would perform better in our vegemate soil however you also have to be careful that your soil does not contain to much highly organic material as this also produces poor crops such as vegetables growing to fast and poorly shaped as well as root burn in flowers beds. In summary we usually advise people to use our classic loam in flower beds and our vegemate soil for fruit and vegetable growing.
Summer Lawn Care Tips
At this time in the season water is absolutely vital! it is important that you really give the lawn a good soaking and not just a quick 2 minute splash! however try to avoid over watering as this will encourage weeds to flourish. During June the combination of sunlight and water will mean mowing will have to be carried out 2-3 times a week, a light spiking every 5 or 6 weeks will also help aerate the bottom of the grass. As we start heading in to July do not be to alarmed if your lawn starts to loose its colour a little bit, this is normal at this time of year and is your lawns natural defence against the strong sunlight.
Laying your new lawn
Laying a new lawn is surprisingly simple the hardest part of the project is the preparation, The aim of laying your new lawn is obviously to get it as level as possible, to achieve this it is essential that you have a loose workable surface, this can be achieved by rotavating the area,digging it over manually or adding a new layer of topsoil. The best way of doing the job is to add around 1 or 2 inches of a clean loamy topsoil like our classic soil,this will create a loose workable surface,aid water retention and add all the nutrients required for rapid root establishment. Digging the old lawn/soil over manually will suffice and is clearly the cheapest way however it is physically hard work.
Why buy from us?
- Turf & Topsoil suppliers since 1979
- Turf growers and not middle men
- Farm based family run business
- crane truck deliveries, no pallet trucks!!
- Suppliers to builders, schools and local authorities