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Understanding Topsoil: A Guide To Popular Types & Their Uses

The soil beneath our feet is an integral source of life for our planet, where this is the substance that allows us to plant, harvest and cultivate everything we need to survive. Topsoil in particular is rich in organic matter and biodiversity, meaning it is often used for the reconstitution of soil deposits and gardens during construction projects. It can also help to improve drainage and aeration, helping to make an area easier to develop and maintain for the long term.


There are lots of different types of topsoil available today, where this range appeals to the diverse soil conditions found across the country. As a result, construction teams and homeowners can find the right topsoil to help resolve specific soil problems on their property. Read on to find out more about the different types of topsoil and how they are typically used.

Economy Topsoil

For projects on a budget, economy topsoil is an ideal alternative to more expensive substitutes, where it may be supplied without a quality certificate. This kind of soil is a good option for landscaping projects and garden design where hardy plants and artificial installations are more likely to be used.

Sandy Topsoil

This kind of topsoil is often used for projects where improved drainage and aeration is required. The soil will contain a higher percentage of sand than standard options, which can have a negative impact on ground fertility. As such, it tends to be used for areas where good drainage is a priority over planting.

Blended Soils

Blended soils are another budget friendly topsoil option that may be supplied to sites without official certification. This type of soil may also be labelled ‘as dug’, meaning that it is a natural soil option that usually contains a mixture of substances. As an affordable option, blended soils can be used for landscaping projects for the creation of new banks or pathways.

Peat Rich Topsoil

A more pricey topsoil alternative would be a peat rich variety, where these are ideal for plants that need an acidic soil environment to flourish. Peat is rich in nutrients and has excellent water retention properties, so it may be used in gardening projects as a way to improve soil structure and quality.

Mark Luck: Quality Topsoil For Your Next Project

At Mark Luck, we can provide a range of different topsoil options to appeal to your project requirements, whether you’re looking for a fully screened and certified soil type or a blended topsoil option. Get in touch with our expert team to find out which topsoil variety is right for your needs.

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