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A garden is only as good as the plants growing in it, and a plant is only as good as the soil it’s planted in. Topsoil erosion is one of the most commonly overlooked concerns by home gardeners. While you can easily believe that soil is soil and that you can simply plant in the earth below your topsoil if erosion occurs, this line of thinking isn’t entirely accurate.
Topsoil and subsoil contain different elements. As a result of natural decomposition of plant and animal waste, topsoil contains a substantial amount of organic matter. This organic matter creates nutrition in the topsoil which subsoil cannot match. If your topsoil erodes and you are forced to plant in subsoil, your yields will be harmed since the lower nutritional value of subsoil hinders your plants as they are growing. With topsoil so important to a successful garden, you want to do everything you can to maintain your topsoil and prevent soil erosion. New topsoil development can take centuries to occur naturally.
By maintaining your topsoil and combating erosion on your property, you can set the stage for a home garden that you can be proud of. If you’re concerned about protecting your garden but you’re new to the topic of topsoil, don’t worry. With the following infographic, you can learn all about topsoil erosion. By understanding the risks that erosion presents, as well as the causes of increased erosion rates, you’ll be better prepared to tend to your garden and keep your topsoil where it belongs.