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.

Our topsoil source and delivery services

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. We deliver in Barrie and 100 km around: to Angus, Midhurst, Alliston, Collinwood, etc. If you prefer to pick up the soil, please come with your open-box pickup truck or trailer.

Concerning the source of our topsoil, it 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 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.

Soil calculator: cubic yards

Scroll down this page and click on Material Calculator below to have an idea of how much of topsoil you need to cover an area. It will only calculate if the quantity you need is one cubic yard or more; otherwise, the result is zero. We can deliver half a cubic yard of topsoil or more by our truck. Pick up topsoil from our Yard If you wish to pick up 0.5 cubic yards of topsoil or more, we will load it into your truck with our loader. Together with the soil, you can also pick up other products (like sand or sod) you need to complete your project.

Soil calculator is available at the top of this page.

Two bulk products in the same truck

We can deliver two bulk products (like soil and mulch 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.

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 condition in Canadian climate: seed of grasses for shady places or sandy soil, drought-tolerant and wear-resistant lawn mixtures, seeds for overseeding lawns, etc.

How to prepare soil for planting vegetables

Natural topsoil 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 some preparations are necessary. 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.

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 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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