Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Thank you guys for the pics. Wow, this is a LOT of work. Lordy.
Not much is happening right now, as I am going through wet/dry repeating phase. I have learned a few things which will save some time and energy if I ever go to do this again.
(1) This particular topsoil is 70-80% waste matter. Buy 6-10 times what you expect to have in the end.
(2) Upon first purchasing, I would lay it out to dry immediately. This way, I can get junk out without having to manage 100 pounds of stuff. The wood chips in it take up a lot of space and slow down the drying process substantially. Plus, that extra weight and matter is a pain in the ass to deal with, and it's unnecessary trash! I will make it my #1 priority to remove wood chips and debris if I ever do this again (although I doubt I will).
(3) After drying completely, upon the first 5 minutes of contact with water, the wood floats and can be removed with an aquarium fish net. Because the wood in this topsoil sinks when wet, the first few minutes of wetting are the most important.
(4) Using the rake to stir up the soil as it dries in the sun aids in drying and makes it less clumpy.
If I think of anything more, I'll let you guys know.