Before Planting? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by bareback40
April 3, 2001
What do they mean by top soil that you buy?

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2001


Sometimes it is possible to purchase (at home centers or garden centers) dirt that has been packaged in plastic bags and labeled "topsoil". Sometimes a landscape supplier will sell "topsoil" by the cubic yard. There is no set definition for what "topsoil" is as a product.

In general terms, "topsoil" is the (usually thin) top-most layer of naturally organically rich soil, below which is found "subsoil". In different areas of the country the depths and characteristics of the soils can vary widely; the commercial material can vary widely, too.

I hope this answers your question.

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