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Topsoil - Choosing the perfect blend

Topsoil is an important addition to your garden and choosing the right soil for your garden is essential to ensure healthy and productive plants. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to determine which one is best for your needs. In this article, we'll discuss the differences between a compost-rich soil and standard soil with a higher sand content, and how to choose the right one for your gardening project.

Premium Planting Topsoil Compost

This is a rich soil with a blend of 40% compost and 60% quarried sub soil sand. This type of soil is ideal for planting flowers, vegetables, and other plants that require a nutrient-rich environment. The compost content helps improve soil fertility, drainage, and moisture retention, creating an ideal environment for plant growth. Additionally, the high nutrient content in the soil means that less fertiliser is needed to support plant growth.

Compost-rich soil is also beneficial for improving the overall health of your garden soil. By adding organic matter to the soil, you can increase soil microbial activity, which can improve soil structure and nutrient availability.

Premium Planting Topsoil
Premium Planting Soil

Standard Multi-Purpose Topsoil

With a higher sand content this soil usually contains around 70% quarried sub soil sand and 30% compost. This type of soil is ideal for projects such as turfing, grass seeding, filling holes and levelling areas, as it is more stable and able to retain its shape. However, standard topsoil has a lower nutrient content than compost-rich soil, so additional fertilisation may be required to support plant growth.

Standard Multi-purpose Topsoil
Standard Multipurpose Soil

Choosing the Right Topsoil for Your Garden

When choosing the right soil for your garden, you should consider the type of plants you want to grow and the project you're working on. If you're planting flowers, vegetables, or other plants, our Premium Planting is the better choice. This type of soil provides the necessary nutrients, organic matter, and moisture retention to support plant growth.

On the other hand, if you're working on a project like turfing, grass seeding, or filling holes, standard topsoil with a higher sand content is a better option.

In addition to considering the type of plants and project, you should also consider the quality of the soil. High-quality topsoil should be free of contaminants and have a neutral pH level. You can test the quality of the soil by conducting a soil test. A soil test can help you determine the nutrient levels and pH level of the soil, allowing you to adjust your fertilizer application and soil amendments accordingly.


Choosing the right soil for your garden is essential to ensure healthy and productive plants. Premium Planting Topsoil is ideal for planting flowers, vegetables, and other plants, whilst our Standard Topsoil with it’s higher sand content is better for projects like turfing, grass seeding, and filling holes. By considering the type of plants and project, as well as the quality of the soil, you can choose the right topsoil to meet your gardening needs.

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