If you are looking to redesign the landscape of your garden, or plant a fresh, healthy lawn, or even just develop a garden that you are already pleased with, then you may well find that you don’t have access to enough topsoil, potting soil, or mulch for your plants from hardware stores near your home, even those that offer delivery. The alternative option is to buy topsoils in bulk, which can be an intimidating prospect if you have no previous experience of ordering garden soil for delivery to your home.
Fortunately, we have put together a guide (rights reserved) to ordering topsoil products in bulk for your home, covering every aspect of the process, from working out how much soil you need, what it will cost you, and what type of garden soil you will want to order for delivery, to the process of placing the call or email that will lock in your topsoil delivery order. Below, you will find everything you need to know about ordering topsoil in bulk for home delivery!
Types of Garden Topsoil
There are three main types of garden soil products that you are likely to want for your home or garden project. These are soil, mulch, and compost. Let us take a look at all of these and what the difference between them is. Topsoil is the term usually used to refer to the top 2 inches or so of soil on the ground.
Generally, this is relatively poor quality soil and does not contain much in the way of nutrients for your plants. Topsoil is usually used to provide a top surface of soil for your plant bed, or mixed with fertilizers or other organic products to provide soil with more nutrients.
Mulch is a catch all term for shredded organic materials like straw, sawdust, wood chips, or bark chippings. It primarily works to block the growth of unwanted plants such as weeds, as well as keeping moisture trapped and providing an attractive looking surface layer.
Compost is a nutrient-rich substrate made from decayed organic materials and is often combined with topsoil or potting soil to create an enriched soil with more valuable nutrients for your garden in it.
Looking for local Topsoil Delivery
The best option will always be to find a supplier of topsoil in your local area that offers delivery. A quick google search for “topsoil near me” is a great way to get started, and once you have found a nearby vendor who offers bulk topsoil for delivery, please call or email your chosen vendor to discuss delivery. If you already know a good garden center you can trust, then the “topsoils near me” search won’t be necessary, but you will still want to get some advice from them.
Once again, please call or email your local garden center to get any further delivery information you need before you make a delivery. Most garden centers will be very happy to offer you all the help and advice you need, so making a call should always be one of your first steps in order to get a recommendation for an excellent topsoil product or other soil products that will please you.
Take a look at the Topsoil in Person
It is always worth taking a look at the topsoil products you are considering before you spend the money to order a bulk delivery. There are likely to be several different blends available from most outlets, so please take your time to consider your options, even if it may not seem like something you need to do at first. Soil is more important than you might think!
What you are looking for is loose, crumbly, dark-colored soil with a little moisture to it, and not much smell other than a clean, earthy odor. You may be able to get a professional soil analysis done, but this can be expensive, so getting to touch and inspecting the soil before you buy may well be your best option.
Things to look out For
When trying to choose the right topsoil, there are a number of features you will want to keep an eye out for. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones. First, you will want to make sure that the pH of the topsoil is somewhere between 5.5 and 7.5, so neutral to alkaline. This information should be listed, but if it isn’t, then you will have to perform a pH test yourself.
You will also want to know about the organic content of the soil. How much compost is in it? What was that compost made from? If it is a manure-based compost, that will add a lot of nitrogen to the soil, which is better suited to some plants than others, while leaf litter based compost is neutral.
Has your topsoil been screened? Screening is an important process that is used to remove rocks, clumps of clay, and anything else that might cause problems and blockages in your soil.
How much Soil do you Need?
In general, topsoil, mulch, and compost are all sold by the cubic yard. You will need to work out how many cubic yards of soil you need before ordering delivery to make sure you order the right amount. First, measure the area or square footage of the garden that you want to cover with topsoil. Multiply the length by the width to get this.
Then, decide how deep you want to place your topsoil. After that, look up a chart to determine how many square feet per cubic yard you will be dealing with here, and divide your square footage by the number given on the chart. The result will be the number of cubic yards of topsoil you will need to cover your chosen area!
The process of enriching, filtering, and screening soil to produce high-quality topsoil costs time and money. That means that higher-quality topsoil with composts mixed in will usually cost more than low-quality soil with few organic nutrients. While it may be tempting to just go for the cheapest option, bear in mind that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to soil and compost.
You are also going to have to remember to include the cost of delivery in all of your pricing calculations. Most companies charge a fixed delivery fee for bulk orders, or vary their delivery charges depending on how far they have to travel for the delivery – another reason why ordering delivery from a local company is a good idea!
If you don’t want to pay for an expensive delivery and happen to own a flatbed truck to pick up your topsoil, most companies will allow you to pick up your own topsoil order rather than requiring a delivery. If you do plan on getting someone to deliver your topsoil to you, then there are a number of logistical things you will have to consider before your topsoil order arrives.
First, you will want to work out where you want to have the topsoil deposited on arrival. A truck full of topsoil will be very heavy, so if you require it to be driven across your lawn, the wheels of the truck are likely to leave deep ruts in the ground. Alternatively, you could lay down a tarpaulin by your driveway, and have the topsoil dumped there so that the truck does not have to drive across your lawn. The disadvantage of this option is that you will then have to manually move the topsoil over to where you want it, one wheelbarrow load at a time, which can take a lot of time and effort if your topsoil delivery is a large one!
Ordering topsoil in bulk does not have to be a complex and intimidating process. If you follow our guide and make sure you take your time and do your research thoroughly before placing an order, you should be able to get the perfect quantity of high-quality soil without having to worry about poor quality products or ordering too much or too little topsoil for your needs. If you find you still want more information, though, the gardeners at your local garden center should be more than happy to help if you call in!