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If you happen to like working in your garden and are looking for good topsoil to use, there are a few things you should keep in mind. By choosing quality dirt to use in your garden, you will be able to keep your plants healthy and enjoy the fruits of your labor even more. Did you know that this type of dirt is not just regular dirt? If you haven't taken the time to learn what the composition is, then it is high time that you learned what you are looking for. What you need is made of sand, clay, and silt. It comes in a variety of compositions and the kind you will use will depend greatly on what type of landscaping project you are undertaking. Before you go out and purchase any kind, make sure you know what kind of plants you will be planting, what type of dirt and conditions they thrive in and what type of dirt you already have.

Believe it or not, you can see the difference in different types of topsoil compositions. The darker the color, the better the quality. The dark color indicates a higher nutrient content than the kind that has a grayish and lighter color. Even though it may already be packaged up in a bag, don't forget to take a good look at what is inside before you buy it. This is one product that you need to be sure about before you leave the store since many stores will not accept returns if you choose the wrong kind.

In addition to visually inspecting the topsoil, make sure you do the sniff test too. It should have a sweet and pleasant scent. If it smells bad or like fertilizer, than you should keep looking until you find better quality. Touch and feel the dirt. It should feel smooth, soft, and pleasant to your hands. It should not be sticky or cling to your hands or in clumps. Try to form it into a ball by rolling and squeezing some of it between your hands. When you open your hands, it should easily fall apart. This lets you know that it has a good mixture of clay and silt. This also lets you know that when you go to water your plants, you won't have to worry about improper drainage. If it stays clumped together, then there is far too much clay in the composition of that batch of topsoil, and the water won't be able to filter through properly. The soil shouldn't feel too sandy either, because you don't want too much sand in the mixture.

If all else fails and you are still not entirely sure of what kind of topsoil you need or how to choose it, don't be afraid to ask for some assistance. Remember, you want to get the best quality you can find so that your plants will be able to live in the best environment possible.

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