You are of course familiar with soil, but you may not know that there are different types of soils that are not equal when it comes to planting a wide variety of things, such as grass, plants, and trees. The top few inches of soil is called the topsoil. Topsoil is the active layer of decaying materials that contain the majority of nutrients that are needed in order for plants to grow. High-quality topsoil is normally quite porous and it is able to keep the water in. Hence, it will reach the roots quicker, even if they are deep enough to penetrate the lower layer of soil, which is known as the subsoil. The use and benefit of topsoil are that it has the ability to retain necessary nutrients which sustain the plant life. The nutrients stored in the topsoil increase a quite healthy growth and it also gives the plant a stronger root structure. Good topsoil provides a place for plants to prosper, even in harsh conditions. Keep in mind that a lack of topsoil can destroy many plants.