This is the time of year when people are buying topsoil for their landscaping and gardening projects.
Topsoil varies depending on where you live, but essentially, with a good top soil, it shouldn’t have to be screened. With the screening process clay based soil gets run through a screener and a shaker which makes the soil appear good, but it really isn’t.
What you want to look for is a good, sandy soil. Take a handful of it and break up the clumps between your fingers, if it crushes and granulates easily, then it is a good soil that will allow your grass or plants to grow roots in freely.
If you look at a pile of topsoil and see marbles or little balls rolling down it, stay away! If you can take one of those balls and squeeze it and it flattens out, then it has too much clay base in it. The clay based soil has been screened, shaken and shredded so the soil appears to be healthy. The problem with this clay based soil is that after the first rain, the mud will basically turn into concrete, and nothing can survive that.
Let me show you what I mean, watch: