How Is Topsoil Screened?
The most important part of producing screened topsoil is sourcing quality topsoil to begin with. It’s always worth asking your supplier about where they obtain their soil – topsoil from skips is commonly used to save money, and results in a very poor product for the customer.
All of the soil used by Online Soil is sourced from land that has been re-developed or recently landscaped. A power screener is essentially a giant sieve for soil, used to remove large lumps of rock and other debris from the topsoil.
Topsoil Power Screener
Unscreened topsoil is loaded into the screener using a power shovel. The topsoil then falls on to a conveyer belt which transports the soil from the loading area into the giant drum at the heart of the machine.
The drum rotates and sieves the product through the mesh in the drum. The drum is gently sloped, meaning that anything too big to fall through the mesh works its way down the drum towards a belt at the rear of the machine.
Power Screener Drum
The fine topsoil which passes through the mesh – the finished product – falls on to another conveyer belt and is then transported to the other end of the machine and dropped into a neat pile, ready for bagging.
Screening plants are an effective and useful machine, they do not however make up for a poor quality soil. Having a good raw material is essential in producing quality topsoil. You should always take time to ask your supplier where they source their soil from.
With Online Topsoil you’re guaranteed a top quality product every time.