One of the most important steps in gardening of any type is soil preparation. Good soil is what we build our yards and gardens out of. Additionally, soil improvement helps make landscapes more water efficient, as good soil retains water better, leading to less water waste. Concentrating a little more time and effort towards soil improvement will help to assure future gardening efforts are successful. Outlined below are strategies to improve topsoil such as turning poor soil into loam, grasscycling, and mulching.