Topsoil delivery full of clay?
Hi all -
I've been redesigning my garden for the entire summer and it's my first kind of project like this so excuse any newbie questions!
I needed some topsoil to part-fill beds and to level out my lawn and my neighbour who did the same last year gave me the number of a local farmer who sells topsoil. Over text we arranged for him to drop off 10 tonne of soil ,which he showed me photos of via text which all looked fine. Considering he only charged £150 i couldn't say no, and when it was delivered on friday it looked okay to be untrained eye - if quite red. It was dry and hadn't rained here all week. However now it's been raining all weekend I believe that this 'topsoil' is mostly clay. It's extra frustrating because I've fought really hard to improve the drainage in my garden which was very boggy thanks to lots of clay and a low water table. I dug soakaways and removed a lot of clay, so it's extra galling to be paying to add it back again.
I've added some photos of the clay - it's hard to show , but hopefully gives a good enough idea. It's very easy to shape (feels like I could make sculptures out of it).
Some questions are:
- Do my suspicions that it's high in clay seem correct?
- Is there a way to deal with this effectively by mixing in some sand/grit/compost or will it always be less than ideal? (Bearing in mind this is going to be a pain for me to get rid of, but also that I already struggle with drainage and also have 3 mediterranean garden beds which requires good drainage).