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May 9, 2013

HyPro to give away topsoil dirt cheap

ANDERSON, Ind. — How’s that spring garden coming along?

If your tomatoes, potatoes and other veggies look a little hungry, HyPro Filtration might be able to help.

The construction of the new HyPro factory means moving a lot of topsoil, which has to go somewhere.

So why not give it away?

HyPro operations manager Aaron Hoeg said the company had been working with the Anderson Street Department to donate the top soil, for “fill dirt as needed by Anderson” and to not-for-profits, religious and community organizations, who will be planting gardens and community gardens.

Top soil, as the name implies, is the top layer of soil. It’s usually darker than lower levels because of the accumulation of decayed organic matter, which sounds icky, but is often chock full of nutrients a plant needs to grow up big and strong.

“This is high-quality dirt,” said Anderson street department head Brad Land, “Really useful for planting and gardens.”

And there’s a lot of it — about 300 trucks full, Hoeg said. Of course, that’s just an estimate, and the number could change quite a bit as construction progresses.

According to city human relations head Floyd Edwards, the top soil will likely be available next week.

The first load will go to the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 29th Street, where the city’s removing the old General Motors’ Plant 9 parking lot to put in a green space, Land said.

The remaining top soil will be stockpiled at a centralized location, Edwards said. He said people would have to call the community development office to have their top soil reserved, but the city would give it away free.

That’s a savings, considering the average value of topsoil is $28 per ton, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To reserve your top soil, call the Anderson community development office at 648-6096.

Like Baylee Pulliam on Facebook and on Twitter @BayleeNPulliam, or call 648-4250.

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