Topsoil is the upper, outermost layer of soil, usually the top 2 inches (5.1 cm) to 8 inches (20 cm). It has the highest concentration of organic matter and micro organisms and is where most of the Earth's biological soil activity occurs, so is where most vegetation grows. You will need to buy topsoil when existing soil does not meet the nutrient or depth requirements needed for what you plan to grow. We recommend Topsoil for all kinds of plantings, especially turf laying and hedge planting, to ensure your plants get the best possible start in your garden.
Our topsoil is BS3882:2007 approved by the leading soil consultant in the UK (Tim O'Hare Associates) and comes in 1/2 cubic metre (750kg) bags. It is a high performance manufactured rootzone/topsoil.
This topsoil falls into the sand texture class containing a high proportion of sand-sized particles. Light soils such as this typically have good aeration and drainage properties. The soil is stone-free. It is alkaline in reaction (pH7.9) and suitable for general landscaping purposes including the majority of tree and shrub species and grass cultivars used in commercial landscaping.
How much top soil do I need?
To find out how much top soil you need for your planting project, we have created a handy guide to help you calculate the ideal amount. Visit Hedges Direct's Topsoil Calculator Page
for a step-by-step guide.
For more information about top soil including how to use to it correctly, how to maintain it and the benefits, get in touch with Hedges Direct today on 01257 263 873 or email us at [email protected].
How much do I need?
1 bag (750kg)/0.52m3
Turf sqm (laying soil 10cm deep) 5.5 sqm (approx. 140kg per sqm)
Trench (30cm wide + 30cm deep) approx. 6m
- If you are applying a layer of topsoil under your turf, at a depth of 10cm, you will need approximately 130kg of soil per square metre.
- If you are looking to fill an entire trench of 30cm wide (1ft) by 30cm deep (1ft) then you will require approximately 130kg of topsoil per metre.
You can use our Topsoil Calculator to work out how much you need or, get in touch and one of our Sales and Service Team will be happy to help you.
For further information and/or delivery times for turf and topsoil, call 01257 263 873
. Topsoil is however usually a 2-3 day delivery time.
is available on most orders (except Premium Products) providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Boxes (Bare roots and pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£7.99 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Pallets (Root balls, large pots (10L+), trees etc)||£60.00 delivery charge (orders up to £350 incl VAT)||Orders of £350 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall or large plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.)Delivery Time
- Please note that delivery times are currently 2-5 days excluding bank holidays. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days delivery. We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible to deliver new orders within this timescale.It's Convenient
- no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time)It's Tried & Tested
- we use only couriers who have shown consistency in their efficiency & care
* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after
any discounts have been applied.
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Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page
for full details.