Screen Topsoil Vs Unscreened (2)

Screen Topsoil Vs Unscreened

Which should you choose? Which is right for the job that you are tackling? At SCB we know all about topsoil and provide high-quality materials ourselves. In today’s blog, we will be explaining the difference between them.

First, What is Topsoil?

Topsoil is basically the top layer of the soil, where everything grows. Topsoil comes in three qualities: economy, general-purpose and premium. If you are wanting to grow plants at your property or work then you will need topsoil. It is rich in nutrients needed for gardening within a few inches or feet of the ground’s surface. Its complex consistency usually includes a mixture of sand, clay, manure and silt. However, topsoil available to the public is also divided into unscreened and screened types for different applications.

Unscreened Topsoil Benefits

Did you know that topsoil is a naturally occurring source but it’s becoming more difficult to find? Unscreened topsoil is a cost-effective option to transform your gardening needs or elevate your landscaping project. This soil type has a mixture of large and small soil particles. Its coarse consistency makes it well suited for a subsoil base as opposed to a fine surface soil. Your garden landscape can be created with this unscreened soil and a finer topsoil added later.

Screened Topsoil Benefits

At SCB, We recycle high volumes of waste removed from domestic and commercial properties and screen it to ensure the highest quality standards are met. Screened topsoil travels through specifically sized mesh during manufacturing. Applying topsoil with a consistent particle size across a garden allows nutrients and water to flow naturally through the soil for a healthier growing space. Once tilled into your garden’s natural topsoil, the plants’ roots are free to grow deeply. Fruit trees and other large plants will have a greater chance at growing tall and producing lots of fruit.

Unscreened Topsoil – Things To Consider

Unscreened topsoil can be inexpensive but it does have its drawbacks. It does not have the best consistency to be used as a productive growing medium. The alternating large and small soil particles can inhibit root growth and stifle nutrient supplies. This particular topsoil is best used as a landscaping device rather than being tilled into a small flower bed as the main soil nutrient source. Water can become trapped between the oddly shaped soil particles, causing plant damage, such as root rot.

Screened Topsoil – Things To Consider

In general, a finer soil consistency will cost more than a larger particle choice. Budget-minded gardeners may find that they need to spread this topsoil across more garden square footage, creating only a thin depth of nutrient rich topsoil. Spreading the screened topsoil thinly may hinder the garden’s growth since the nutrients within the earth will be reduced.


We hope that you found this blog informative and helpful when it comes to making your decision on which topsoil is best for your needs. At SCB we reclaim topsoil derived from our grab hire and muck away services, so we can make it available for sale at competitive prices. Order in any quantity from our well-stocked yard near Abingdon and receive a fast, responsive delivery from experienced topsoil suppliers to any location in Oxford, Wantage, Witney or the local Oxfordshire area.

Our topsoil can be used to equal out uneven ground or lawns, for making new or raised flower beds or as a base for laying new turf. Call us today for more information on 01856 520064 or fill in a contact form.

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