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What exactly is top soil?

I have a really simple and maybe stupid question... Term top soil appears very often in almost any gardening subject - but what exactly is top soil?
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Ideal way to fill in a large hole (from a goldfish pond)

The house we just bought had a goldfish pond in the back yard, which has been removed, leaving a hole roughly 1.5 meters squared, by 1 meter deep. I wish to fill in the hole, and plant a flower/...
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For lawn, does fertilizing average soil make loam or topsoil less necessary?

In a perfect world, you'd add the best loam, top soil, manure, etc, then sprinkle the best fertilizer upon it, etc. But I'm asking for the average person, who's on a budget and working 60hrs per week ...
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Screened topsoil vs 50/50 compost soil vs peat loam for new sod

I dug out all the dead grasses from my backyard after the patio was installed. It leaves about 700 sq ft for new sod. Because of the slope of my backyard I also would like to raise the lawn by a ...
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How can I remove crabgrass from a Zoysia lawn, and flower beds?

We just bought a new house in Orlando. The home is great but we noticed crab grass taking over and a few other weeds. I'm a total noob with grass stuff, although I'm researching all I can. The grass ...
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Lawn top dressing - how much and how long does the grass need to get through?

I have a very low spot near a pathway I just built and a pile of soil that resulted from the excavation of the soil. I want to put the soil over the grass that is there, but I would like to know the ...
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What are the long term effects of adding iron oxide pigments to soil?

Iron oxide (Pigment Black 11) is a intense black non toxic and very cheap pigment. I think I have read somewhere that soil from shops is sometimes pigmented with iron oxide because it sells better. ...
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Remove Clay Soil and Install new soil that is good for Bermuda Grass

I would like to remove the top 2 inches of my compacted clay soil and replace it with the best soil to grow Bermuda grass. In other words my current soil is garbage that nothing will grow in so I plan ...
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Do we need to replace mulch with soil?

I am planning on planting vegetables and the old bed has decayed mulch which looks reddish and grounded. Do I need to dig out a few inches of this and replace it with soil? Is there a way to find out ...
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Laying new topsoil, what if anything to mix in for worms or to kickstart healthy ecosystem?

For reasons that would take too long to go into (tl;dr version - a combination of mass gradual soil movement needing soil engineering, bad development, old paving/topslabs, + ground levelling to ...
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Returning a garden paved for 30 years with packed clay below, back to lawn

My new rear garden has had concrete slab paving for decades, resting on heavily packed and deep London Clay soil and a small amount of odd rubble. The paved area measures about 6x7m. The soil under ...
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Should I compact topsoil before laying turf?

We're about to order topsoil and turf. Should topsoil be compacted first, or just leave it loose?
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How can I fix my garden turf?

When the wife and I bought our house a few years ago, the garden was an over grown mess. We hacked it down to make it presentable short term. When we came to sort it properly last autumn, budgets were ...
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After spending a day digging topsoil, what should I do to clean the bottoms of my shoes?

I spent part of the day digging topsoil for planting, and was wondering what the best way to clean dirt out of the groves in my shoes would be.