Importing and exporting soil

Sometimes, you can't avoid moving soil off your site. If that's the case for you, try to find a good home for it. Make sure it will be used to repair a damaged site rather than create new problems. And if you need to import soil, ask about its source — perhaps even requesting a complete soil test as a condition of purchase. (You probably won't get far with this tactic, but it's worth a try.)

Having said all that, do avoid bringing soil in or taking it away, if you can. Both practices can disrupt off-site locations and involve the usual pollution and fossil-fuel dependency of trucks and heavy equipment. In addition, when you import topsoil, you run the risk of also importing new kinds of weeds, diseases, and even toxic substances.

When an area needs to be leveled, try to balance cut and fill to avoid importing or exporting soil. In other words, remove soil in one area and use it to fill another so it comes out even. You can do this when creating a level pad for a patio, for example. Be careful not to undermine unstable slopes, expose or smother tree roots, unbury utility lines, or change natural drainage patterns.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

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