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Topsoil & Compost Soil Improver Advice

Comprehensive guides on everything related to topsoil, from choosing the right topsoil, the importance of quality assurances such as BS3882:2015 and improving your existing soil, to building raised beds.

Topsoil buyer’s guide - selecting the right topsoil

Quality, fertility and safety of the contents can vary greatly in a bag of topsoil across different suppliers, so it is important to ask the correct questions when you make a purchase.

Calculating topsoil requirements

An easy guide to assist you in calculating how much topsoil you require for your project, including recommended depths.

British Standard for Topsoil BS3882:2015

Very few suppliers analyse their topsoils to the degree of Rolawn. In this article we explain what the British Standard means and why it is important in the decision-making process.

Soil structure

Soil structure is the shape that the soil takes based on its physical, chemical and biological properties. Here we examine why soil structure is so important for healthy plant growth.

How to improve your soil

Advice on improving the structure and fertility of clay and sandy soils by adding organic matter, the best time of year to do this and what to use to improve your soil.

Using Rolawn Compost Soil Improver

A guide to using Rolawn Compost Soil Improver and recommended application rates.

The benefits of raised beds

Raised beds make an attractive design feature in your garden with many practical uses and benefits.

How to build a raised bed

A step-by-step guide to planning and building raised beds.

How to create a no-dig bed

An introduction to the no-dig method of gardening and how to create a no-dig bed.

Supporting soil health - things we all need to know about soil

An insight into the importance of soil health to global and personal well being and the steps we can each take locally to help improve it. 

Why and how to go peat free

An introductory guide to switching to peat-free growing media.