How To Order Soil
Topsoil is the gardener’s most precious resource. If yours needs improving, topping up or replacing, here’s how to order new supplies.
1: Choose your topsoil
For general gardening, filling raised beds, growing fruit and veg or turfing, I can personally recommend the Organic Loam available from Soilonline.co.uk. It’s bursting with nutrients, pretty much stone free and lovely to work with.
For growing wildflowers, go for a low nutrient topsoil. They don’t seem to thrive in rich soils.
For topdressing a lawn or improving soil in planters, the Evergreen lawn soil is spot on.
2: Calculate how much topsoil you need
Measure the length and width of the area you want to add soil to. Then decide how deep you want the soil to be
For a raised bed – measure the depth from the bottom to the top
For mulching beds and borders – 10cm deep gives effective coverage
For laying turf, you need at least 15cm depth of soil
For topdressing a lawn 5-6 cm should do it.
Once you have your measurements, convert them all into metres and multiply them together.
For example, I have a raised bed that is 95cm wide by 125cm long and 63cm deep (my husband built it, hence the “unconventional” dimensions)
That’s 0.95m x 1.25m x 0.63m = 0.75 m3
Now; a dumpy bag contains roughly 0.8m3 of soil – so I need 1 bag
3: Order online, or phone your soil supplier
Soilonline.co.uk are competitively priced and have proven customer service. They offer next working day delivery on most of their products and can process your order quickly and easily.
Most of their bagged soil is delivered on articulated lorries with forklifts or hand trucks for unloading – if you think there will be problems accessing your site, please phone the Company to discuss a solution.
Phone Soilonline on 0333 456 4516 – the office is open from 7am – 5pm every weekday (except for bank holidays)
Or place your order via the secure website.