What is Topsoil?

Topsoil is a versatile soil that is useful in several ways.  You can use it to repair your lawn, build up your garden, or increase an area’s drainage.  In nature, the topsoil layer is roughly the top five or six inches of the Earth’s surface. It is dark in color and nutrient-dense.  Plants get most of their nutrients from the topsoil layer.

Two types of topsoil are available to purchase: natural and manufactured.

Please note: Choosing the right type of soil is crucial.  So, if you are unsure whether you need fill dirt, potting soil, or topsoil, please ask your landscaping professional.  We are also happy to help.  So, contact us with any questions.

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We carry various soil types!


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A handful of soil is a handful of love.


Once you have decided which type of soil is best for your project, it’s important to remember that not all soils are created equal.  That’s why we carry only the highest quality top soil.  Whether its naturally sourced or made by us, we are confident you will love it!

When it is available, we only carry natural top soil from local sources.  Why is this important?  Well, local soil contains local microorganisms.  Using local top soil preserves the local ecosystem and allows local plants to thrive.  So, we source locally and only carry high-quality top soil.  We also trommel our natural top soil to remove unnecessary debris and particles.

When a local source is not available, 1 Stop Landscape Supply manufactures our own topsoil. We blend together high-quality compost and sand. It is weed seed free, and the texture allows for optimized drainage. Additionally, our compost is made from local yard debris. So, our manufactured topsoil also contains beneficial microorganisms that are native to the area.

Learn more about our process in Biocycle Magazine.

The Many Uses of Topsoil

Topsoil is a versatile soil.  The following examples are just a few of its many uses. 

Generally speaking, use topsoil to create new garden beds, borders, or a nutrient-dense base for applying turf and planting seed.  This is especially true when you are creating a landscape in a new construction area.  The top layer of soil is often stripped in these areas, and what is left behind is poor in quality.  Additionally, if you are building a berm, use topsoil for the top layer to create an optimal growing environment.

It is important to remember that landscapes are not identical, and many have specific needs.  These guidelines are not meant to be a one-size-fits-all solution.  So, if you are unsure, we strongly recommend that you consult a landscaping professional. This way, you will learn more about your landscape’s specific needs and make the best possible decision for your project.

The Importance of Biodiversity

In nature, topsoil is the topmost layer of soil.  It provides vital nutrients for plants to grow and thrive.  How does it do this?  Well, this top layer of soil contains organic matter.  As the organic matter decomposes, it releases the vital nutrients that plants need.  Microorganisms also live in this top layer of soil.  These microorganisms affect water dynamics, nutrient cycling, and disease prevention.  Many developed areas lack this upper layer or soil due to construction practices, environmental factors, or erosion.  So, it is crucial that you create the right environment to keep your plants sturdy and healthy.

How to Purchase

To determine how much material you need for a project, measure the length and the width of the area.  Also, decide on the depth of the area as well.  Typical depths range from ¼” to 4” and vary based on your project.  If you are unsure, we recommend that you consult a landscape professional to determine the appropriate depth.

We sell our signature soils by the yard and by the bag, and we deliver topsoil Monday through Friday.  If you have a truck or trailer, you can pick it up as well.

Our soils are available in bulk and bagged quantities.  Delivery is also available Monday through Friday.  Come visit us today!