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Screened Topsoil Delivered in The Town of Guilford, CT

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The age-old problem with soil here in New England is there are a lot of rocks mixed in with the soil. The goal is to get all the bigger stones out and separate the high-quality organic topsoil from the rocks. You can get screened topsoil and just spread it. The alternative would be to get unscreened soil and screen it yourself or, even worse, rake out all the big stuff. Having done it, that can be a lot of raking and as well as sweat and tears.

Soil history here in Guilford started with the glaciers. During the Pleistocene epoch (commonly referred to as the Ice Age), the area that is now Guilford was covered by glaciers multiple times. At one time, Long Island Sound was a lake. The long-term action of these glaciers sculpted the landscape, creating features such as drumlins, eskers, and kettle holes. The movement of the glaciers also deposited glacial till, a mixture of rocks, sand, and clay across the region. With time and generations of plant growth on this material, the right components accumulated to form rich, high organic topsoil for great lawns and landscapes.

Coming closer to modern history, you have the Old Stone House in Guilford. The construction of historic  Henry Whitfield House began in 1639 and was built from local stone. It was built out of local granite, the type of stone that messed up the farmer’s plows if they were not careful and pulled them out of the fields to build the stone walls you still see around town.

The residents and contractors in Guilford have been improving and tilling the earth creating lush landscapers around the homes in the Historic District to the golf courses like Guilford Lakes. We know that when you buy quality topsoil from us, you want screened topsoil that can grow golf course quality grass, vegetables, flowers, and landscape planting.

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Everyone has an idea of what they think is in topsoil, but it’s even more important to know what’s not in it! This may sound strange, but it is true. Screened topsoil is ready to grow grass, vegetables or landscape plantings as soon as it is spread. You always want a good growing medium with the right balance of soil contents so the soil is fertile.

Our customers tell us that they have received all sorts of things when ordering from other topsoil suppliers. One person told us of a delivery of topsoil that even included an old used tire mixed in with the dirt.

Things that should not be in high-quality topsoil

1. Rocks and stones: Here at Dirt Guy Topsoil, we screen our topsoil to 5/8”. While this screening process removes most rocks, smaller stones can still be present. Other suppliers use much larger screens, leaving rocks and sticks that can potentially affect plant growth or make it difficult to work with the soil.

2. Plastic and construction debris: small pieces of plastic, glass, or other litter can be mixed in with the topsoil, posing a risk to plant health and the environment. Demolition projects often are the source of this problem. After the building is torn down and cleared away, that topsoil is no good. If that topsoil is used, there is no good way to get all the finer pieces of rubble out. Especially troubling is glass. The first time it rains, after it is spread, you will see the sparkle of glass from the sun. Just another reason why screening is so very important.

3. Too much clay, silt or sand particles: Fine particles from clay or silt can make the soil texture less desirable for plant growth by reducing aeration and drainage. Too much sand in the soil makes it so the water just drains out, and it also typically will not hold the organic material needed to hold nutrients for the plants.

These are all reasons why it is so important to buy from a topsoil supplier that only supplies the best dirt. When it comes to gardening and landscaping, topsoil is the unsung hero that can make or break your project.greenlawn small The Goal Good Looking Landscapes Greenlawn

Topsoil provides numerous benefits, which include:

1. Supporting plant growth: The nutrient-rich composition of topsoil promotes healthy root development, enabling plants to grow stronger and more resilient.

2. Improving soil structure: Quality topsoil enhances the overall structure of your soil, improving its ability to retain water, resist erosion, and provide a stable foundation for plants.

3. Promoting biodiversity: Topsoil is home to numerous microorganisms and insects that contribute to a thriving ecosystem, supporting decomposition and nutrient cycling processes.

Topsoil can be used in various applications, such as:

  • Establishing new lawns
  • Planting flower beds or vegetable gardens
  • Enhancing existing soil conditions in raised beds or planters
  • Leveling and grading landscapes
  • Erosion control and slope stabilization
Types of Topsoil: Making the Right Choice

Unscreened topsoil: Unscreened topsoil is more affordable than screened topsoil but will contain larger debris that could impede plant growth. It is best suited for filling and leveling large areas or for use as a base layer beneath screened topsoil.

Screened topsoil: This type of topsoil has been mechanically sifted to remove rocks, roots, and debris.

Our Screened topsoil: Native soil carefully selected from suitable sources with healthy soil and no contaminants. One of the most important benefits of our product is what you do not get with our screened soil. No trash, glass, construction debris, and a whole host of things that just should not be mixed in with the soil. We do frequently get reports from customers that experience getting undesirable things mixed in with topsoil from other topsoil suppliers.

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What to look for when buying topsoil

Dark, rich colors indicate a high organic matter content, which is essential for healthy plant growth. Lighter-colored topsoil may lack sufficient nutrients.

Quality topsoil should have a loose, crumbly texture that promotes good drainage and root penetration. Avoid compacted or clay-heavy soil, as this can restrict plant growth. A quick trick is to take a handful of topsoil and make a fist with it. Slowly releasing your fist, the topsoil should crumble slightly but maintain its shape.

Quality topsoil should have a loose, crumbly texture that promotes good drainage and root penetration. Avoid compacted or clay-heavy soil, as this can restrict plant growth. A quick trick is to take a handful of topsoil and make a fist with it. Slowly releasing your fist, the topsoil should crumble slightly but maintain its shape.

Organic matter content: A high percentage of organic matter, such as decomposed leaves, bark, or compost, provides essential nutrients and improves soil structure.

Weed- and pest-free: Quality topsoil should be free of weeds, pests, and disease-causing organisms to prevent the spread of problems to your plants.

By now, we’re sure you understand that our topsoil is a high-quality product for your gardening and landscaping needs in Madison, but we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We can also help with estimating the amount you may need. The saying goes that “the proof is in the pudding,” but we say “the proof is in the yard.” You are welcome to stop by and take a look for yourself at the topsoil at our yard on Route 77 on the Durham/Guilford town line. Click here for directions.

Call The Dirt Guy at 860-303-0500

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