What To Do With Left Over Soil?

Why Might You End Up With A Lot of Soil?

When completing anything like a landscaping or construction project, people are either faced with one of two issues. This is, not having enough soil to fill in holes and gaps or having too much soil and it is left on site.

One reason you may find yourself with too much soil is when you are digging a foundation in the ground or a basement for example. This requires large amounts of the ground to be dug up. It is also very common for sites to have a lot of soil if you are planting an excess amount of trees or need some ground levelling off.

What Can You Do With Excess Soil?

Excess soil can sometimes be hard to come by for landscapers and farmers and therefore sometimes you might be able to sell your soil. You can also use it to fill in any potholes in your own driveway or pathways. If you’re not looking to get rid of it, using the soil to build up garden beds can be a great way to make use of it. This is also a very cheap way of doing it as you won’t have to buy any new soil. Finally, you can also use a grab hire service for them to come and take it away.


What is Topsoil?

Topsoil refers to the uppermost part of the surface of the ground. It’s basically in the name, topsoil. It has the highest concentration of organic matter and organisms. It is where almost all soil biological activity happens. Also known as surface soil, it usually includes the organic layer in which plants have most of their roots and which the farmer turns over in ploughing.

Should You Sell Your Soil?

A lot of people will pay good money for high-quality surface soil and therefore if you have only scraped off the top layer of the ground, it is definitely worth considering selling your soil. It may be that a local farmer or landscaper will take it off your hands for free, but if not, there are companies which specialise in the buying and selling of topsoil. This can actually be quite profitable as good-quality surface soil is hard to come by.


If you find yourself with a whole load of soil after your project, looking for someone who has the opposite issue and needs some soil to fill in some holes is a good idea. You could easily make an exchange with someone who can easily put your soil to good use.

Grab Hire

On the other hand, the fastest and most reliable way to get rid of your excess soil is to hire a grab hire company. Active Grab Hire specialises in soil removal from domestic and construction sites. Hiring a grab hire means all you need to do is contact them and after that, they will come to your property and remove your excess soil.


To conclude, excess soil can quite quickly turn into a benefit for you by selling it. As well as this, if you have a lot of soil, a grab hire service is the easiest option for you. Get in touch with us today for more information and a free quote on our services.