July 31st, 2023

ProGanics: A Cost-Effective, Sustainable Alternative to Topsoil & Compost Manufactured Topsoil

In our pursuit to determine the most cost-effective and sustainable alternatives to topsoil and compost-manufactured topsoil (CMT), one product stands out as a leading solution, ProGanics.

Created for sites stripped and denuded from construction, mining, energy development, and other disturbing activities, ProGanics accelerates the development of depleted soils/substrates with low organic matter, low nutrient levels, and limited biological activity, crucial elements for sustainable vegetation establishment.

While historically, sites in adverse conditions would benefit from several inches of topsoil or CMT, the ever-increasing price of materials creates a persistent challenge for teams looking to come in under budget.

Enter, ProGanics. While ProGanics is not a direct replacement for expensive topsoil, it provides an abundant source of organic matter and soil-building components to quickly modify soil chemistry and initiate growth establishment and buildup of the uppermost “O” and “A” soil horizons, meaning you need much less topsoil or compost to get the job done right, with most projects requiring no additional topsoil or compost.

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Use Case

To cover one acre (equivalent to 0.4 hectares) with a four-inch layer of topsoil, 36 dump trucks with a capacity of 15 cubic yards each would be necessary.

In contrast, a hydroseeder equipped with a gear or positive displacement pump with a capacity of 3,000 gallons would only need two tank loads of ProGanics.

Applied at a rate of 3,500 to 5,000 pounds per acre (or 3,900 to 5,600 kilograms per hectare), ProGanics offers the same amount of organic and soil-building components as 36 loads of rich topsoil. L:earn how ProGanics can help facilitate your Slope Vegetation & Erosion Control projects. Learn More

What are the benefits of ProGanics?

ProGanics shines in scenarios where the cost of topsoil is prohibitive. It is a reliable solution for challenging sites with difficult access or steep slopes where traditional topsoil placement may be impractical. Its usability extends further, providing a viable alternative when soils are too wet or frozen to dig, transport, and spread.

In addition to its wide-ranging applicability, ProGanics offers financial and logistical advantages. The product saves not only money but also time. In terms of transportation, the efficiency of ProGanics is remarkable: what would typically require 36 trucks of topsoil can be replaced by just two tank loads of ProGanics. Its ease of loading and spreading simplifies the application process, making it an attractive option for contractors seeking to enhance efficiency and productivity.


ProGanics Biotic Soil Media presents a compelling case as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to topsoil and compost-manufactured topsoil. As we continue our quest to optimize the economics and environmental footprint of civil engineering and contracting, solutions like ProGanics will undoubtedly play a crucial role. If you have questions about confidently improving your project's timeline and budget, Ask a GEO Pro.

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