The cost of topsoil

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Working out how much your topsoil will cost can be a bit scary – and you might be worried by the large numbers you encounter.  So here are some tips for getting best value.

Buying topsoil: how to avoid wasting money

Measure the area carefully

Use a tape measure – don’t estimate

gentleman measuring garden

Measure everything twice – just to be sure

Take all measurements in metres.  If measuring in centimetres and converting into metres, be careful where you get the decimal point! 

Use this handy soil calculator to work out the amount of soil you need Soil calculator

Do you really need all that?

If you’re filling planters and containers, it’s obvious how much soil you’ll need. 

Likewise for wild flowers.  You need at least a 15cm depth of low nutrient soil.  Don’t even think about mixing it with existing garden soil.  The plants will simply not thrive.

But if you’re laying turf, you can probably bring in extra topsoil to improve the soil you have instead of replacing the whole lot.

For turfing, you need AT LEAST 15 cm of good quality soil for the turf to root into.  You can mix high quality soil with existing garden soil and add in some water retaining gel and some pre-turfing fertiliser to “beef it up”.   My preferred mix would be 2 parts of imported topsoil to 1 part existing soil.

Don’t skimp on quality

If you’re laying turf or planning on growing food and flowers, poor quality topsoil will give you disappointing results.  It’s always wise to buy the best you can afford.

Working out the cost of topsoil

1 cubic metre of topsoil = 1 dumpy bag or 1 tonne

Bagged or bulk?

If you need more than 15 tonnes of topsoil – think about buying in bulk.  You’ll have a huge heap of soil on your driveway but you’ll save yourself a lot of money.

For smaller quantities, dumpy bags represent the best value.

Unfortunately, the cost of delivering heavy items like bags of topsoil is quite high – trucks and drivers don’t come cheap.

Which is why you might be shocked at the cost but if you compare prices across suppliers you’ll find we’re all in the same boat.

The price of bagged topsoil from www.soilonline.co.uk

These prices are correct as of 8th June 2016

1 tonne bag of Organic Loam Topsoil delivered to London costs £90 including VAT and delivery. 

 

Prices vary according to quantities and postcode area but it's easy to get a quote online

 

More help with choosing and buying topsoil online

 

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