What is the best way to spread topsoil?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

The best way to spread topsoil depends on the size of your lawn or garden. For small areas, such as a small lawn or garden bed, you can easily distribute the topsoil by hand.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to spread topsoil by hand:

1. Prepare the area: Before spreading the topsoil, make sure to remove any debris, rocks, or weeds from the area. This will ensure a smooth and even distribution of the topsoil.

2. Calculate the amount of topsoil needed: Measure the area that needs topsoil and determine the amount you’ll need. Topsoil is typically sold in cubic yards, so make sure to convert your measurements accordingly.

3. Obtain the topsoil: Purchase the required amount of topsoil from a reliable source. Consider the quality and composition of the topsoil depending on your specific needs.

4. Start spreading: Begin by scattering the topsoil evenly around the area using your hands. Grab small handfuls of topsoil and distribute it evenly, making sure to cover the entire surface. Avoid dumping large clumps of topsoil as it can lead to uneven distribution.

5. Rake the topsoil: After scattering the topsoil, use a rake to spread and level it out. Raking will help to spread the topsoil more evenly and create a smooth surface. Work the rake back and forth, using gentle strokes to avoid disturbing the underlying soil.

6. Repeat the process if necessary: If you need to deepen the layers of topsoil, repeat the scattering and raking process until you achieve the desired thickness. Take breaks in between to assess the coverage and ensure an even distribution.

For larger areas, using a mini push spreader or a rolling aerator can make the process more efficient. These tools help to spread the topsoil more quickly and evenly, especially for larger lawns or gardens.

Here are some additional tips for using a mini push spreader or a rolling aerator:

1. Choose the right tool: Select a mini push spreader or a rolling aerator that suits the size of your lawn or garden. Consider the capacity and adjustability of the tool to ensure it meets your needs.

2. Fill the tool: Fill the hopper of the mini push spreader or a rolling aerator with the topsoil. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific tool you are using.

3. Adjust the settings: Set the spreader or aerator to the desired spread rate or depth, depending on your requirements. This will help you achieve an even and consistent distribution of topsoil.

4. Walk in straight lines: As you push the spreader or aerator, walk in straight lines across your lawn or garden. This will help ensure that the topsoil is spread evenly and avoids any missed spots.

5. Overlap each pass: To ensure complete coverage, slightly overlap each pass with the spreader or aerator. This will help eliminate any gaps or uneven areas in the distribution of topsoil.

6. Follow up with raking: After using the spreader or aerator, it’s a good idea to follow up with a rake to smooth out any rough spots or uneven areas. Raking will help to blend the topsoil and create a uniform surface.

Remember, proper preparation and even distribution of topsoil are crucial for a healthy lawn or garden. Take your time and pay attention to detail to ensure the best results.

Personal experience: I have used both methods to spread topsoil in my own garden. For small areas, I found that using my hands while raking was effective and allowed me to have more control over the distribution. However, for larger areas, I found the mini push spreader to be a time-saving tool as it covered larger areas with ease. Ultimately, the choice of method depends on the size and specific needs of your lawn or garden.