Buying Topsoil? 3 Things You Should Look For (And Avoid)

If you are interested in purchasing topsoil for your property, you are probably looking forward to having nice, rich soil to spread on your property and to start your plants off the right way. However, you should be careful when you're buying soil to ensure that you're getting good-quality soil. These are a few things that you should look for -- and avoid -- when buying topsoil, whether you are buying by the bag or by the truckload.

1. Mold or Mildew

If you see any mold or mildew in the topsoil, it's best to pass it up for a better batch. Along with making your flowerbeds look bad, the mold or mildew can continue to grow and spread. It's not good for you to come in contact with it when you're planting flowers or pulling weeds, and it can affect how well your plants will grow.

2. Weeds

In some cases, topsoil might be full of weeds. This can come from weeds spreading and growing in the topsoil wherever it's being stored, or it can come from someone digging up topsoil from an area where weeds have already grown.

If your topsoil is filled with a lot of weeds, you will have to worry about them growing and spreading once the topsoil is spread out on your property. You probably already hate dealing with weeds, and using topsoil that's infested with it can make matters a whole lot worse.

3. Rocks

It's not abnormal for there to be a few small rocks or stones in your topsoil. However, if there are too many, you'll probably want to say no to that batch. For one thing, too many rocks and stones can cause the topsoil to weigh more, which means that you will get less soil for your money. Plus, if there are too many rocks in the soil, they can get in the way of your plants taking root and growing. Then, you'll either have trouble with your plants, or you'll have to deal with the time-consuming task of physically removing the rocks.

As you can see, there are a few things that you should look for and avoid when you are purchasing topsoil. Buying it by the bag can generally help you avoid these things, but you'll probably find that buying by the truckload will provide you with a better deal. If you look for these things before buying a truckload of soil, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. For more information, contact the professionals at Purdy Topsoil & Gravel.