Why would it be beneficial to save the topsoil and spread it back on the land after the houses are built?

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    When they build a house they normally dig a basement and sometimes that brings up a lot of rocks.  Plants do not grow on rocks.

    Hey, no worries.  The developer thought of all that so all the fertile topsoil is scraped off and stored on his land in a pile.  The house is built, and the soil is SOLD to homeowners who want a lawn and are not turfing it but planting by seed.  So they need the good dirt. and buy a dump-truck load or two.

    That is free money for the developer.  Others may decide to pour green concrete in their yard instead so they do not have to weed it. Others may want a garden so order some soil. and buy fertilizer and weed it for a garden.

    .  Rare is the homeowner that buys virgin land with topsoil.  If it has sewer and other utilities underground then a developer has been there and subdivided the land and done his soil removal.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Plants won't grow on sub soil.

  • Henry
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    They leave the soil, but they pile it.

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Already done in the U.K.

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  • 1 month ago

    The topsoil is the best of the soil, where the nutrients and worms etc are. Re-using it gives the new owners a head start on their grass, flower beds and so on. Otherwise they'd have a lot of work (and expense) to bring the subsoil up to a useable state.

  • 1 month ago

    Why would? Where I live this is standard method. You must do it for run off control and just simply for cost. It is cheaper to use on site materials than importing it.

  • 1 month ago

    Because topsoil is where the majority of nutrients are found. If you are planning on growing grass and shrubs, if the topsoil isn't replaced the ground will need amendments to be added to the ground. That can be costly in both time and money.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes, it could be

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