Doing landscape is not a walk in the park. Aside from assessing the overall look of your property, there are plenty of technicalities to consider. You have to know the plant that fits your property, the soil, will you be using organic compost or another type of mulch, etc. With so many to think of, we often forget the most crucial part of the landscaping journey – the battle of compost vs. topsoil.
If you’re looking for a healthy and low maintenance landscape in the future, starting with soil is the best investment to go. The right soil is the crucial ingredient that will affect the performance of your plants. So where do we begin?
We begin by knowing the difference between topsoil and compost. Both are the most well-known type of soil used in all landscaping projects. So what is the difference between topsoil and compost and when can they be used?
Topsoil is the top layer of any soil above the bedrock. This type of soil has the most nutrient-rich layer of naturally occurring soil. Topsoil contains rich organic matter like mineral particles, organic matter, water, and air.
When can you use topsoil?
Topsoil is usually used to cover the ground, to create new garden beds, borders, or to provide a base for turf laying or sowing grass seed. In covered gardens where there is no access to soil, topsoil can be used to create raised beds to grow many plants, including vegetables.
Also known as a soil amendment. Compost is made from food scraps, vegetable peelings, dried leaves, and even paper or cardboard. These materials are mixed in a compost bin and left to rot. Although this type of soil can be a smelly and unpleasant process when you do it on your own, it is a guarantee that you’ll be getting better results for your garden needs.
When can you use compost?
There are plenty of uses for compost. You can spread it as mulch for your garden beds, mix it in with topsoil to improve its quality, water down compost, and use it as a liquid fertiliser or just spread it onto an aerated lawn. Either way, they will work perfectly.
Are you planning on a big landscape project soon? Then, it is best to plan it better and start it by choosing the right soil for your garden. Whether you’re using topsoil or organic compost, Labrador Landscape is your best landscape supply provider. Contact us, and we’ll assist you in making your landscape project reach to perfection.