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BS 3882-2007 Specification for topsoil and requirements for use

Standard Number:  BS 3882-2007
Title:  Specification for topsoil and requirements for use
Language:  English
Publication Date:  2007/11/30
Execute Date:  2007/11/30
Adopted International Standard:  BS 7755-3.7:1995, BS 7755-3.10:1995, BS 7755-5.4:1998, BS EN 12579:2000, BS EN ISO 3696:1995, BS ISO 10390:2005, PAS 100:2005, BS 4428, BS EN ISO/IEC 17025
Status:  Current
Publisher:  British Standards
Price:  
Number of Pages:26P;A4   

Preface:Top soil, Soil profile, Soils, Grades (quality), Classification systems, Soil classification tests, Soil testing, Soil improvement, Soil sampling, Soil science, Stone, Size, Texture, Contamination, Chemical properties, Chemical analysis and testing, Storage, Materials handling  
Description:This British Standard specifies requirements for topsoils (see 3.1) that are moved or traded. The standard is not intended (or appropriate) for the grading, classification or standardization of topsoil or subsoil that remains in situ. It describes multipurpose and also specific purpose topsoils. As the name implies, multipurpose topsoil is fit for the majority of needs. The standard includes specific purpose topsoils that have low fertility or are acidic or calcareous for the particular specialist needs where such topsoils are required. It also provides guidance on sampling and analysis to ensure compliance with the specifications given in the standard. NOTE When specifying multipurpose or specific purpose topsoil, suppliers, specifiers and users of topsoil should take into account the intended use of the site at which the topsoil is to be deployed so that the particular properties are fit for the intended planting.  
Overview: Topsoil is an important component of most landscape projects (such as private gardens, civil engineering and reclamation sites), where it provides the function of supporting the growth of vegetation.  It does this by providing an anchorage for plant roots, by slowly releasing nutrients, by providing oxygen, by draining excess water whilst retaining moisture and by retaining moisture to sustain plant growth during dry periods.  The underlying subsoil or other substrate can provide additional rooting depth, moisture storage and drainage.  BS 3882:2007 specifies requirements for topsoils that are moved or traded.  BS 3882 is not intended (or appropriate) for the grading, classification or standardization of topsoil or subsoil that remains in situ.  BS 3882 describes multipurpose and also specialist purpose topsoils.  As the name implies, multipurpose topsoil is fit for the majority of needs.  It includes specialist purpose topsoils that have low fertility or are acidic or calcareous for the particular specialist needs where such topsoils are required.  BS 3882 also gives guidance on sampling and analysis to ensure compliance with the specifications outlined in the standard.  When specifying multipurpose or specialist purpose topsoil, suppliers, specifiers and users of topsoil should take into account the intended use of the site at which the topsoil is to be deployed so that the particular properties are fit for the intended planting.   
Cross References:BS 7755-3.7:1995; BS 7755-3.10:1995; BS 7755-5.4:1998; BS EN 12579:2000; BS EN ISO 3696:1995; BS ISO 10390:2005; PAS 100:2005; BS 4428; BS EN ISO/IEC 17025  
Catalog:Foreword
Introduction
1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Topsoil classification and characteristics
5 Use and handling of topsoil
Annexes
Annex A (normative) - Determination of the
extractable phosphate content
Annex B (normative) - Extraction of the exchangeable
cations in soil
Annex C (normative) - Calculation of exchangeable
sodium percentage of soil
Annex D (normative) - Determination of phytotoxic
contaminants and trace elements
Annex E (normative) - Supplier's declaration of compliance
Annex F (normative) - Method for laboratory density of soil
Annex G (normative) - Method for preparing a laboratory
sample of air-dried soil
Bibliography  
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