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Difference Between Fill Dirt and Topsoil

By July 13, 2022September 20th, 2022No Comments

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Most of us probably don’t spend much time thinking about the different uses of soil or dirt. When you start with a large-scale project, however, it is important to choose the one that best suits your purpose. There are good reasons to sometimes use fill dirt and other times topsoil.

What Is Fill Dirt

… and What is it good for?

Fill dirt typically comes from a rock quarry (ours is in Southern California) and comprises a mixture of sand, rocks, and clay. It doesn’t contain much in terms of fertility. If you want to grow organic matter such as flowers, vegetables, or trees, this is not your dirt.

But fill dirt is the construction dream. fill dirt for a project. Fill dirt is what you need when your project requires a stable material. That’s because topsoil carries organic matter, which makes it more likely to settle or shift as time goes by.

Fill dirt your go-to for a strong foundation for a home or in areas where stability is of prime importance. Driveways and roads, tarmacs and parking lots—anything that need space filled and a solid footing.

What Is Topsoil

… And what is it good for?

Topsoil and fill dirt are two completely different animals. The former contains organic matter with healthy nutrients. It’s used to grow things—vegetables, garden plants, lawns, and anything else you want to grow. Because of the organic matter it contains, its color is normally darker than fill dirt.

Topsoil is popular among gardeners because plants thrive on the nutrients it contains. It is also often used to add volume to a yard where they are building up different levels as part of a landscaping project. Another use for topsoil is to fill up low spots that tend to flood when it rains or snows. Filling in these areas stimulates new grass to grow and helps create a smoother, more level lawn.

Finally, adding topsoil can also improve drainage in areas with a tendency to retain unwanted water.

The Fill Dirt Quarry Option

Fill dirt is a perfect choice if you need a particular area to be very stable. The good news? Lynx Cat rock quarry in California has fill dirt. In addition to our riprap, our railroad ballast, crushed aggregate base (CAB), and other aggregate products, your quarry construction needs will be met by our team, ready to answer questions or get you set up with the granite you are looking for.

For more information on our premium fill dirt, click here.

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