Have you heard of 'clean fill'? It is excavated earth that has been screened to remove impurities such as rubbish and organic matter. If you have a garden, you can make great use clean fill in a number of ways. Read on to see what these applications are.
Filling sunken spots on your garden
Not all gardens have the fortune of being flat. If you're just setting up your garden, you may realize that it has sunken areas here and there. Such pits can ruin the look of your lawn, let alone collect pools of water when it rains. With clean fill, you can make this problem go away. All you have to do is pour a few bags over the said area and level the ground using a rake to achieve the perfect gradient.
Filling up retained areas to the desired height
Creating retained areas on a garden takes a bit of work. Apart from installing the retaining wall, you might find that the retained ground is not high enough. This is yet another use where clean fill comes in very handy. Just pour the needed quantities of fill into the retained area to achieve the needed level. Doing so gives your retained areas the desired aesthetics and also makes it easy to plant over them.
Creating raised beds
Another perfect use of clean fill is where you want to create raised beds in your garden. Unlike ground-level beds, raised beds need quite an amount of earth to create. Unless you have heaps of fresh earth lying around, the obvious choice here is to buy the fill you need for the beds. This way, you get to have the raised gardens without digging for the soil within your property.
Clean fill can also be used in the garden during the preparation stage of turf-laying. As a prerequisite, the top soil needs to be spread before turf can be installed. This allows the turf roots to germinate easily and quickly. If your garden doesn't have enough loose soil, you can top up with some clean fill. However, for this application, seek clean fill that is ideal for planting, i.e. no sandy or clay soils. Go for loam or loose top soil.
Filling garden pots and planters
Last but not least, you can also use clean fill in planters. Again, this will save you from digging up the earth from other spots around your garden and consequently ruining aesthetics. The purchased fill can go into both grounded and hung planters, as well as garden pots and baskets.
You can find clean fill for sale at landscaping supply stores or from earthmoving and construction companies.