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Making the Most of Screened Soil and Top Dressing

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A healthy garden involves a whole host of unique factors – each of which may seem minimal in theory, but when combined with other techniques the result can be an incredibly versatile garden space. From planting your seeds at the right time of season, all the way to adding the finishing touches to your garden space; keeping your garden in tip top condition is a consistent activity, and one that will reap the rewards of your efforts over time. read more...

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A healthy garden involves a whole host of unique factors – each of which may seem minimal in theory, but when combined with other techniques the result can be an incredibly versatile garden space. From planting your seeds at the right time of season, all the way to adding the finishing touches to your garden space; keeping your garden in tip top condition is a consistent activity, and one that will reap the rewards of your efforts over time.

Although there may be no such thing as ‘finishing’ a garden space (considering plants will always need water, bushes will always need trimming and lawns will always need mowing), that doesn’t rule out adding an effective finish to your garden. As far as soil is concerned, half the battle is ensuring that it’s in a good enough condition to promote the growth of your plant life – the other half relates to its physical appearance.

The Importance of a Good Looking Garden

There are two main reasons why a gardener will want to maximise the health of their garden space. The first is the reward reaped from fruit, vegetables and herbs and the second refers closely to the pleasure that can be achieved when a garden really does look its best. From tall, nutrition-rich vegetables, all the way to vibrant, colourful flowers and bushes – the better that your garden looks, the more satisfied you’ll feel with your efforts!

One of the most beneficial components of any garden space is your topsoil, so by taking the time to ensure that the outer layer remains at its finest, you’ll be promoting growth underground and reputation above ground! With so many top soils to choose from, it can be a pretty daunting task to decide on the right one for your needs. Here are two of the most beneficial types of soil that won’t just help your plants to grow – they’ll look great once applied, too!

Screened Soil

Typically considered one of the finest types of soil on the market, screened soil is everything that its name might suggest. Where regular compost or garden soil can be clumpy and unpredictable in composition; screened soil is subjected to a range of specifications – each of which will refine the soil’s composition, resulting in a much finer grain.

Although the inner properties of screened soil may closely resemble other types, it’s the volume of these properties that should be considered. Ingredients such as lime, loam and sand are processed at a much stricter rate and when prepared for customer purchase – the end result is a top quality soil that is more than capable of promoting the growth of even the most notoriously stubborn plants.

Screened soil does make an ideal topsoil, but it may not be as well suited as a land filler – and not only because it’s fine composition will be wasted. A great alternative solution would be to utilize landscaping soil for the base layers of your garden patch, and then finish it off with four to six inches of screened soil to really maximise the space.

Top Dressing

When it comes to enhancing the top layer of your soil in the most aesthetically pleasing way, then you won’t go wrong with top dressing. Its composition isn’t quite as fine as screened soil, but it is very lightweight, which makes it ideal to complement an existing lawn or soil patch. Thanks to its fine consistency, it’s also great at filling in any cracks or crevices within the ground – and once settled, it will provide a strong basis for drought resistance.

Although top dressing may vary between manufacturers, its typical use is to provide a fine layer of soil that not only fills in gaps and reinforces any other soil present; it’s also great at absorbing water and nutrients. As its name would suggest, top dressing is best suited when applied to the top layer of any garden space.

In terms of functionality, it’s just as durable as landscaping soil and traditional compost – but where it really shines is in its potential to enhance the condition of the soil underneath. It’s soft, crumbly consistency will break down when watered, before settling into its surroundings and merging its nutritional properties with any other soil present.

When applying your top dressing, it’s a good idea to keep your spreading thin and consistent. A gentle watering will help to level the soil out, whilst washing it from grass blades and any other plant life present – and you could even combine it with your fertilizer to really create a one-two knock out of nutritional power.

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