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Nutrients

The four major nutrients are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K) and Magnesium (Mg). Ideally, all four should be present in order to achieve a balanced soil.

Nitrogen

This is the main growth nutrient and is required for the growth of leaves and stems. Deficiencies manifest themselves through weak, stunted growth and yellowing of older leaves. However, excess nitrogen can also be detrimental to the plant causing such effects as disproportionate leaf growth at the expense of other parts of the plant e.g. flowers.

Phosphorous

This is the principal nutrient concerned with plant growth and development. Deficiencies may be seen through stunted root systems whilst the leaves on some plants may also exhibit a dull green or purple colouration.

Potassium

This nutrient performs an important photosynthetic function within the plant, whilst also promoting flower and fruit development. Deficiencies may be seen through the yellowing and death of marginal (and older) leaf tissue, whilst low levels also make the plant more susceptible to diseases.

Magnesium

This nutrient is a constituent of chlorophyll, the green pigment which enables plants to photosynthesise. Magnesium deficiencies may be noted by the interveinal yellowing of the plant’s older leaves.

Benefits of using Topsoil

Quality product

All TOPSOIL products are developed from the soil that adheres to the sugar beet delivered to British Sugar’s factories and as such comes from the best agricultural soils in the country. After separation, the soil undergoes a gravity settlement stage prior to a lengthy conditioning process and careful storage ready for delivery to you.