How Much Topsoil Do You Need?


Fertilization and moisture are the two biggest contributors to a healthy and prosperous garden. While gathering together your landscaping materials, you may think you have everything you need, but pay extra attention to your soil.

At Pioneer Landscape Centers, our grass and gardening ideas are abundant. However, we know that we can’t get very far without the correct amount of soil. Understanding what type of soil is best and knowing how to utilize it to maximize the growth potential of your plants can help you hit the ground running with your new landscaping project.

Here are some important thoughts on topsoil below. Make sure to talk to your local Pioneer professional for further assistance!

What Exactly is Topsoil?

Topsoil is the type of soil that covers the earth’s surface. It is typically dark and varies in texture. Since topsoil does not come out of the ground naturally containing nutrients, it is up to you to mix these materials in after the fact. You will want to aim for a loamy texture with low water retention.

You can purchase topsoil in bulk, or through individual bags. We sell topsoil as part of our many landscaping materials packages in order to help you kick-start your gardening project.

Getting the Best Kind of Topsoil

Acquiring quality topsoil can be tricky, unless you know exactly what to look for. For example, you need to ensure that your topsoil has been screened, meaning it has been cleared of all inorganic materials. Debris, rocks, roots from other plants, and harmful insects need to be completely gone from the soil for it to help you produce a high-quality garden.

You should also ensure that you are getting a fair price for your soil. Although a bit of labor has gone into filtering the soil and ensuring that it is of pure quality for you, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg - but it shouldn’t be incredibly cheap, either. You can speak with one of our Pioneer professionals to determine exactly the kind of topsoil you are looking for.

How Much Topsoil is Needed?

And now, the big question - how much topsoil do you need to accomplish your gardening goal? The answer depends on what exactly you plan on doing. For example, if you are trying to fill a bed or design a specific square unit of space, you can measure it in cubic feet. From there, figure that you’ll need at least 8 inches of topsoil to cover your depth.

Before planting, you might want to add another 3-6 inches of topsoil. You can’t really have too much. Having too little is far more harmful.

Important Notes to Remember

Some homeowners are of the understanding that rich topsoil means you don’t need to add extra nutrient material. However, this is a myth. Your plants draw countless amounts of nutrients from the soil, meaning that it must stay rich and plentiful in order to help your plants grow strong.

Adding nutrient material to your topsoil is an integral part of the growing process. Thankfully it doesn’t cost too much extra, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. If you are looking for a place to start, check out Pioneer’s planter’s mix. It is pre-mixed with 30% nutrient material. This will jump-start your gardening process by ensuring your plants are getting the nutrients they need from the get-go. Make sure to plant directly into our planter’s mix and not directly into plain topsoil.

Fresh Topsoil in Bulk

Not all topsoil is the same. Consider your gardening project and fertilizing needs before settling on a topsoil that works right for you. And remember to use about 8-11 inches of topsoil before planting.

Our landscaping materials are rich and plentiful, and you can find the topsoil you need by speaking to Pioneer today. To get in touch with us, you can contact us online or give us a call at (866) 525-4079. We will follow up with you ASAP and provide our assistance to make your landscaping project a success.