Topsoil vs. garden soil — is there a difference?
It’s the time of year to start thinking about what you’ll be doing in your garden, and how to make sure your lawn is picture perfect. The best way to get great results is to use the best soil. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between topsoil and black garden soil?
Contrary to what you might have heard, there is a huge difference in quality when you get right down to it.
Take notice the next time you see a new subdivision going in. All that soil being removed from the area to make way for the new houses constitutes most of the topsoil that is available to the public for purchase. It’s leftovers from these new subdivisions.
You might be shrugging your shoulders right now and saying to yourself, “OK, but so what? What difference does it make?”
After all, “soil is soil.” Well, you may be surprised to know there is a very big difference! Let’s examine the differences individually:
Topsoil: It’s exactly what the name implies, soil that is simply stripped from the top layer of the earth. Topsoil exerts risk to the growing quality due to the possible inclusion of chemicals and debris that you may not want in your garden. Not to mention that it may not have the nutritional value that you desire for your plants. It may not even have compost or organic matter, essentially making it dead weight. It’s important to remember, topsoil was never intended for garden use!
Garden soil: Garden soil is exactly what its name implies as well, it is soil properly and scientifically formulated for your garden to hold nutritional value that allows for proper, quality plant growth! It’s a mixture of organic ingredients essential to promote microbial activity. Think probiotics for your soil, which is perfect for letting your flowers and vegetables grow, and grow better! You’ll not only feel the difference in garden soil, but most importantly, you’ll see the difference.
Doesn’t your soil input deserve the same amount of attention to detail and commitment that you put into your flowers and vegetables? After all, quality flowers and vegetables are the direct result of quality soil. Simply work the desired amount of rich, loamy, garden soil into your native soil, to about three to four inches in depth, add your plants and/or vegetables, water as needed, and voilà — you’re on your way to more bountiful flowers and bigger vegetables yields.
Garden soil will significantly improve your gardening success, compared to topsoil, which requires constant attention and added nutrients.
So go on, and add black garden soil to your garden, and enjoy gardening!
The quality difference in your flowers and vegetables is in the soil!