Top Soil?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 32vld, May 4, 2014.

  1. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    A few times last year while driving down the road I saw some landscapers putting down a rich brown loose dry top soil. Easy to shovel and toss.

    All I seem to be able to buy is top soil that is almost black, wet, does not work easy, then after you put it down on the lawn it sets up hard.

    Where can I get good top soil and is there a special name/type that I have to ask for?

    Next time I see some of that good brown stuff being used I am going to have to pull over and ask them where do they get their top soil from.

  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Our local construction company mixes clay, sand and compost at the correct percentages to produce the desirable product...
    Most of what we have here is either clay with little sand or sand with little clay... soils that evidently hydrosorted at some point in the past...
    Good luck finding some, otherwise just adding compost to what's already there works well too... :)
  3. E-mans Hardscapes

    E-mans Hardscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    We make big long rows of leaves manure peat sand and topsoil and turn them with our compost turner. Do that for a year and then run that through a pulverizer. It's pricey but it's great to work with.
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    It seems to be a crap shoot lately, the last loads i got from razon got stuck in the truck it was so wet and sticky
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  5. kardar2

    kardar2 LawnSite Member
    from Redding
    Messages: 136

    It was probably just compost. If your local garbage collection company picks up yard wast they sell it by yards. For my flower beds I make my own:
    1/3 compost
    1/3 pett moss
    1/3 vermiculite
    It works great ! It hold water great and weeds come out very easy. I learned this from Square foot garden book. The studs is supper super light and fluffy. So watch out on windy days.
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  6. KLawn75

    KLawn75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    A lot of companies and homeowners around here use the compost that the city makes from the yard waste they collect. They'll even use it as a mulch in flowerbeds.

    Our local supplier have a really nice garden soil. It looks like compost with some peat moss and pine bark fines mixed in. We use a Toro cultivator and do a 50/50 mix of garden soil and native red clay soil. Makes for really nice zoysia, bermuda and fescue lawns.

    If we're just doing a few small trees, we'll use bag Sta-Green tree and shrub and do a 50/50 native soil mix. The trees love it. Palm trees especially love it.

    I usually stay away from local top soil because it's full of sand, large clay clumps and small stones and seems to compact the clay soil around here even more.
  7. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Check for sandy loam in your area ,that's what it sounds like. Or they are buying from someone who has it covered.
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,265

    A good pulverized soil will not set up sticky and hard.
  9. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,847

    You sound like your looking for something "loose", "fluffy", and full of nutrients. Go get you some yards of compost. ;)

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