Landscape & Soil Science
The completion of any land regeneration project will typically involve the provision of soft landscaping and planting. The delivery of a thriving planting scheme should be included in project plans from the outset.
Benefits of reusing topsoil
Many development sites are rich in topsoil, which has the potential to act as a valuable resource. Topsoil can be re-used in a sustainable and cost-effective manner, providing that such a technique was considered and included at the project planning stage.
Re-used topsoil has a significantly lower carbon footprint than material that has to be transported in, and is also more cost effective.
Using topsoil effectively
Many on-site topsoil materials are overlooked, having not been identified as a resource at an early stage. On other occasions topsoil will become degraded due to poor management, compaction or contamination during construction work and therefore lost as a potential resource.
Poor soil management can result in windblown dusts during periods of dry weather. Water logging, localised flooding and the carrying of sediment in surface water run-off, meanwhile, are common problems in wet weather.
Thorough sampling and analysis helps to identify topsoil quality. Drawing up stripping, storage and spreading plans will ensure efficient usage of the resource.
In certain circumstances corrective action, in the shape of an effective soil restoration plan, may help to regenerate topsoil and bring it ‘back to life’. However, it is always best to ensure that soil quality is maintained in the first place.
When importing soils, it is essential that the material:
- meets your required specification
- is free from contaminants and pernicious weeds such as Japanese knotweed and Horsetail
Mayer offers a sampling and testing service to ensure imported soils meet your requirements and standards.
We also provide verification and completion reports, which must be completed to ensure that a project has been undertaken to the agreed specification.
Our analysis is produced via laboratories accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). It includes the parameter specification outlined in BS3882.