Do Construction Sites HAVE To Use Topsoil? An Alternative View.

A digger moving topsoil at a construction site.

Construction sites are often associated with the importation of large volumes of topsoil to improve the condition of the material on-site and establish vegetation. However, there are alternative methods available that can reduce the reliance on imported topsoil while still achieving successful results. In this article, we will explore these alternatives and discuss their pros and cons.

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One promising alternative to importing topsoil is the use of GeoGrow’s new biotic soil amendment, Organix. This method requires only a hydroseeder, water, soil amendment mulch, and seed. The hydroseeder mixes these components into a slurry, which can then be sprayed onto the existing sub-soils. This revives depleted soils and promotes healthy plant growth and provides the necessary nutrients for vegetation to thrive.


One of the primary advantages of using this product is its sustainability. By utilising this biotic soil amendment, construction sites can significantly reduce the need for imported topsoil, which often comes with a hefty environmental cost. Importing topsoil requires transportation, which contributes to carbon emissions and increases the overall ecological footprint of the project. By using our spray solution, construction sites can mitigate these environmental impacts.


Moreover, this product can lead to substantial cost savings. For instance, if Organix is used to treat an area of 1000 square meters where there would have been a topsoil depth of 15cm, it can prevent the importing of approximately 180 tons of topsoil. This not only reduces transportation costs but also eliminates the need to purchase such a significant quantity of topsoil. Overall, this can result in cost savings of up to 40%.

Organix doesn’t have any erosion control properties but can be combined with EarthGuard to form Fusion, a complete topsoil replacement and soil-building erosion control solution for high-risk applications such as steep slopes. Organix/Fusion can be used where conditions aren’t suitable for topsoil, still achieving the same results.

In conclusion, while construction sites often rely on imported topsoil to improve the condition of the material and establish vegetation, alternative methods such as Organix provide sustainable and cost-effective alternatives. By adopting these approaches, construction sites can reduce their reliance on imported topsoil, minimise environmental impact, and promote eco-friendly practices. The availability of these new environmental spray services further enhances the range of options for construction companies looking to prioritise sustainability in their projects. Get in touch to find out more.

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