Topsoil vs Garden Soil

Topsoil
Topsoil is stripped from the top layer of soil during construction projects.

Can I use topsoil in my garden or raised bed?

It is important to differentiate between topsoil and garden soil for most applications.  Many factors should be considered when you choose your soil and soil provider since different attributes will be beneficial depending on what the soil is used for.

Topsoil is composed of clay, silt, sand, and other organic matter that is removed from the top 12” of earth during development projects. It is useful for grading and is sometimes used for direct planting if it is of suitable quality.  The actual composition of this soil will depend on local soil since topsoil is not typically shipped very far due to freight costs.  Maryland soil can run from very sandy towards the water, to clay-based in the middle of the state, to rocky out west.  Virginia typically has a very high clay content.  Delaware soil is generally sandy.

Garden Soil
Garden soil is compost enriched and is a higher quality soil.

Garden soil is topsoil enriched with compost and organic matter to make it better suited to actual plant growth.  The addition of compost will reduce compaction and also provide nutrients that will feed the plants over many years.  While this soil is more expensive initially, it oftentimes pays for itself due to improved plant health, reduced irrigation requirements, and better long-term results.  

Our dark Terra-Tote soil is the best garden soil available in the Mid-Atlantic. High quality screened topsoil is blended with 100% organic compost, producing a soil that is perfect for sod, seed, gardens, and raised beds.  We deliver in tidy bulk bags which means no mess!  We can even drop the bag close to where you are working with our forklift.  Check out our Terra-Totes online or give us a ring at 800-866-1387!