I picked up a 40# bag of Organic Valley Top Soil for $1.29 at Home Depot. I looked at Lowe's $1.49 40# bag of Top Soil. It had sticks in it. That's why I purchased the Organic Valley Top Soil. I didn't see any sticks.
There is very little on the web about this product, but I found one site that said the following. Do I need to take it back and find some other brand of top soil? This article says that it was in 30# bags, but mine is in a 40# bag.
"The absolute worst product labeled "Topsoil" I erroneously bought was from Home Depot. It was cheaper than the lovely soil I got from Lowe's. Organic Valley Topsoil is packaged in 30-pound bags for only $1.29, so I purchased two of them to hopefully finish planting my porch on a recent Sunday. Upon mixing and potting up my hoard of tender beauties, I did not notice that it was any different than the preferred Lowe's topsoil. This assessment of the so called soil that was now blended nicely and in a selection of pots was very short lived. The truth becomes apparent in the watering.
This is not topsoil, but black silt. Just because a soil is black does not mean it is good! Silt comes from the bottom of bogs and does not drain. When wet, silt is black slime. If you add a so called soil such as this one to a potting mix, the water will just sit on top of the pot and take a long time to filter through the pot to the bottom. Silt also has very little nutrients in it that are available to the plant. To state it quite bluntly ... this is not soil, but garbage that someone is making a good chunk of change through at least one retail store that is in almost every town in the USA."
Do you think that this is a bad product? There were several people at Home Depot buying this top soil to fill in places from the bad rain that we had lately.
Lowe's Top Soil: "The third bagged product that was wonderful quality was purchased at Lowe's Garden Center, fifty pounds for $2.50 before tax. Unfortunately I don't have the information on who actually bagged this soil. Lowe's being the highest quality of the big box garden centers, I would suggest you not buy soil at any of the others. All I can say about the packaging was it was white and labeled "Topsoil" It did contain a slight amount of sphagnum peat moss which was mostly used to prevent clumping from moisture taken on while in storage. A great buy and an excellent portion to potting blends for best results."
The Lowe's Top Soil that I looked at was in 40# bags and $1.49. It might be a different product than what is mentioned above, but I really don't know.