Topsoil, screened

Material Calculator

Disclaimer: This calculation tool is for general use only and provides only an approximate estimate of product requirements. Ferndale Gardens makes no claims as to the accuracy of the calculation below and recommends its use at your own risk and satisfy yourself of the product quantity to purchase.

Topsoil pickup and delivery in Barrie and area

Here on this website page, you can buy 0.5 or more cubic yards of screened topsoil alone or together with some other products. (Alternatively, you can order topsoil and other products by phone.) The website summarizes the cost of the ordered products plus delivery to your location, and tax.

We deliver bulk products by our 8-yard truck in Barrie and 100 km around: to Angus, Midhurst, Alliston, Collinwood, etc.

If you prefer to pick up the soil and save on the delivery cost, please come with your open-box pickup truck or trailer, so we could load the soil with our loader. Manual loading of bulk products is not allowed in our yard.

The minimum quantity of the soil we sell is 0.5 cubic yard.

Add grass seed to your order

If you include small items (like grass seed, grass pavers, or landscape fabrics) in your large volume (bulk) order that we deliver by truck, then the small items will be delivered to you by the same truck with no extra cost for delivery. You can order such mixed delivery online or by the phone.

We carry grass seed for various growing conditions in Canadian climate: seed of grasses for shady places or sandy soil, drought-tolerant and wear-resistant lawn mixtures, seeds for overseeding lawns, etc.

Get two bulk products in the same truck

We can deliver two bulk products (like soil and river rock or gravel and sand) in one load and dump them in two separate piles. The quantity should not exceed 3 cubic yards of one product and 5 cubic yards of the other one if the two products are delivered in one truckload.

3 and more bulk products are not possible in one load. You have to order extra delivery and pay accordingly.

Soil calculator: cubic yards

Click on Material Calculator on this page (under the product name, green one) and type the area length & width, and the soil layer depth in the white boxes, then press "calculate." The total will show you an idea of how much of topsoil you need to cover an area. Then round the calculated quantity to the next 0.5 cubic yards, as we cannot sell less than 0.5 cubic yards of a bulk product.

Together with the soil, you can also buy other materials to complete your project.

Our topsoil source

Our soil comes from different places: for example, when excavating for construction, they take the upper black soil layer off. This soil is screened and used as garden soil or for making triple mix. The soil can also come from a farm. It is hard to know where a specific lot of soil comes from. If you are not sure about the suitability of our topsoil for growing your food, you can gradually create your healthy fertile soil by using food and yard waste to make compost to use as an organic fertilizer, and also by growing green manure and cover crops.

So far, nobody complaint about our topsoil.

Best topsoil for vegetable garden

Natural topsoil is the best for growing vegetables, and it is a treasure. Guess, how long does it take to form an inch layer of soil? It depends on the climate, underlying rocks, and ecological conditions, but on average, it lasts from 100 to 500 years.

Growing vegetables requires special conditions, so even the best soil has to be prepared for growing. Once the soil is warm enough, take your garden fork and loosen the top 6 to 12 inches of the soil removing all weeds and rocks at the same time. Nice and loosened up veggie bed will make the roots of the seedlings grow deep to produce sturdy plants. Put a couple of pieces of flagstone at the edge of your garden bed, so you can stand on those and don't compact the garden soil.

For different vegetables, different soils could be the best. For example, carrot grows of a good size and shape in sandier and not too wet soil, while cabbage prefers moist and clay-containing soil.

Growing vegetables a few years apart at the same spot exhausts the soil, so you need to fertilize it. Organic fertilizer, like compost or worm castings, is the best. Making your own compost helps keep trash out of the land field and make your soil fertile and moisture-retaining for absolutely free. Add 2 to 3 inches of compost to your exhausted garden bed. It is perfectly OK if the compost is not entirely decomposed and contains some leaves or other organic matter. Organic fertilizers enrich the soil with nutrients and also with beneficial microorganisms that settle in around the roots of your plants and help protect them from pests and diseases. Mix in the compost into the soil with your garden fork by twisting it around.

If the soil is not very exhausted, topping it up with triple mix will be enough. Adding manure is suitable for some vegetables but non-acceptable for others. Organic fertilizers not only add nutrients and beneficial bacteria to the soil but also improve the soil structure. If your soil structure is OK, you can add mineral fertilizers.

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