Suppliers of top quality screened topsoil to improve your garden's soil structure.
Quality grade screened topsoil, ideal for improving your garden soil structure

Top Quality Screened Topsoil

Topsoil is the uppermost layer of soil, the layer that contains most of the important nutrients and organic matter. Many gardens have poor soil. Although almost any soil can be improved over time, buying topsoil is one way to quickly improve your soil quality.

In our own landscaping projects, we use topsoil mainly to provide a good base for turfing work, particularly when the client's garden has poor soil. The nutrients in the soil promote strong growth while also allowing the turf to quickly take root.

We also provide a bulk supply service for topsoil, for quantities from 0.25 tonnes (250kg) upwards within our delivery area of 25 miles from Grimsby. Simply call or contact us for a quote and we can deliver direct to your property.

Not all topsoils are equal. Just like soils differ from garden to garden, so topsoil can vary from supplier to supplier. Some things to bear in mind are:

  • Screened or not screened? Natural topsoil can contain not only stones but also roots and weeds. Screening is a process to remove these, the finer the screen the more these undesirable contaminants are removed. Imported topsoil can sometimes introduce invasive plants, such as Japanese knotweed or couch grass to the garden, so knowledge of where the topsoil comes from and what treatment has been applied to it is useful.
  • Multipurpose or specific purpose? British Standard BS3882:2007 defines two different grades for topsoil that is being sold: multipurpose topsoil or specific purpose topsoil. Multipurpose topsoil includes natural or manufactured topsoil and is the grade suited to most situations where topsoil is required. Specific purpose topsoil has characteristics appropriate for specialist applications, such as acidic, calcareous or low fertility.

All topsoil we use is local Lincolnshire soil that has been screened to a landscape quality to remove stones and weeds. It is both compliant with BS3882:2007 and tested to ensure it is well within the domestic Soil Guideline Value (SGV) for contaminants including Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). We can provide a copy of the most recent (Nov 2013) test results on request.

We typically supply two grades of topsoil - multipurpose, suitable for growing plants and vegetables, and low fertility, suitable for levelling ground. However, there are occasions when different topsoils are appropriate and we can acquire these for you should you need them. If you have a specific requirement, please let us know and we would be happy to provide impartial advice and a free quote.

Calculating how much topsoil you need

Topsoil is sold by the metric tonne but you will probably work out how much you need by measuring the volume (length x width x depth, all in metres). The density of topsoil depends on how well compacted it is, but a reasonable guide is to allow 1.2 tonnes per cubic metre. Roughly, one tonne of topsoil will cover an area 4 metres x 4 metres to a depth of 5cm, or approximately 3 metres x 3 metres to a depth of 10cm. If in doubt, call or email us with your measurements and we'll do the rest.