Screened vs. Unscreened Topsoil

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Topsoil comes in two forms. Get either kind from us!

Reliable Contracting is familiar with all kinds of construction projects, from roads to solar parks to stormwater systems. You could say that Reliable is familiar with working with dirt. Reliable Contracting also has an asphalt plant in Gambrills, MD, which supplies many materials besides asphalt. You can find all kinds of construction materials, including the final layers of groundwork. Screened vs. unscreened topsoil: what’s the difference, and what are their applications? Find out below!

What Is Unscreened Topsoil?

Topsoil is the top 5-10 inches of dirt that make up the ground. It can have a mix of nutrients and matter. Unscreened topsoil is a mix of dirt and whatever debris might be present in it, such as rocks, sticks, roots, plant matter, and other loose natural materials. 

Because it is the raw soil from the earth, it costs significantly less than screened or treated topsoils. It should have sufficient nutrients for healthy plant growth as well, but you do not want to use it as your garden bed. The debris can help stabilize the soil, but it can also give way to air gaps and obstructions that make it hard for new plants to thrive.

Unscreened topsoil has several useful applications, though. It works best as a base layer under refined topsoil, whether your ground is flat or sloped. It also works well for filling holes, creating a base for hardscapes, stabilizing fixtures, and leveling ground.

What Is Screened Topsoil?

Screened topsoil is filtered topsoil. Unscreened topsoil goes through a mesh sifter, removing all the large debris and leaving only a pile of finer particles. This remaining soil is soft and great for the final layer of topsoil in your property and gardens. It may have a decent pH and sufficient nutrients for healthy plant growth, but it is still otherwise raw. You can add compost, fertilizer, or other elements to the soil to create a desired mix for garden beds, lawns, etc. Screened topsoil can have public, commercial, and residential applications.

Contact Reliable Contracting for Your Topsoil!

Reliable Contracting supplies both unscreened and screened topsoil and is happy to talk with you about your construction or landscaping needs. Please contact us today!


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