Soil Screening

Down to Earth

We mean this…literally.

At American Property Experts, we are nothing if not down to earth. Using the right equipment, we can screen topsoil and ensure there are no obstacles between our products and quality.

What is Screened Topsoil?

Of all the many layers of soil and rock that cover our planet, topsoil is the first one. Darker than most other soil, topsoil is composed of the rich plant matter that has fallen to the ground and decayed over time.

Topsoil is the layer of the Earth in which all plants grow, and it’s also home to a variety of fungi and bacteria that help to break down decayed plant matter and create the ideal environment for flora to grow.

Topsoil can be anywhere from a few inches to several feet deep, depending on where you live. In addition to old plant matter, topsoil also often contains a variety of large, visible fragments of things like rocks, plastics, metals, and large  vegetative debris.

Unable to be fully decomposed, this debris must be removed through a screening process for the topsoil to be able to be used for gardening and landscaping purposes.

How Topsoil Screening Works

At American Property Experts, we use a variety of industrial equipment, like our mighty McCloskey 621 Trommel Screener, to sift through the topsoil and remove the larger pieces of debris. We feed our soil into our machines, where it falls through the screen and sifts out any contaminants.

This process leaves behind only the finer soil particles that will provide the perfect environment for plants to grow. When all is said and done, our organic, screened topsoil is ready to be delivered or picked up by our customers!

Where Do We Use Topsoil?

Topsoil is ideal for use in areas where the existing or original soil is not rich enough to provide a suitable habitat for plant life to flourish.

For example, in the coastal areas of Southeastern North Carolina, most of our soil is sandy and acidic, which means tends to hold too much heat and not enough water. Even a few miles inland, much of North Carolina’s soil tends to be mixed with heavy clay deposits. Clay is very dense and often does not hold enough water to sustain plant life.

Topsoil holds the key to making these hostile environments ideal for your garden. Once worked into your existing soil, topsoil amendments help to improve soil texture, add nutrients, and enhance water retention properties, ultimately encouraging plant growth.

Screened Topsoil for Commerical and Residential Uses

While our customers can visit one of our two Wilmington, NC locations  to  pick up their own screened topsoil, we’re often hired by contractors to bring our machines out and help  clear out job sites. Our team plays a vital role in the construction process.

By eliminating large pieces of organic and artificial matter from a worksite and  hauling it away  before the building begins, we ensure construction crews are prepared to move forward with their project safely and efficiently.

Whether you need organic, screened topsoil for your home garden or would like to arrange for our team to come out to your company’s next construction site, feel free to give us a call and speak to our  tub grinding  and soil screening experts at 910-793-1460 for our Sunnyvale Drive location or 910-343-9696 for our N. Kerr Avenue location!