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Soil Is Soil… Right?

Soil is soil…right?!

‘Tis the time of year for buying new soil for your yard, garden and pots (indoor and out), so what better time to learn the difference between the different types of soil we offer!

Many people don’t know that there is a difference between types of soil and that it really does matter what type of soil you use for different projects.

I think some of it has to do with the fact people are trying to save a buck and a bit of their time, as both are hard to come by, and if they just get one type of soil it will save them time and money. Besides, soil is soil, right? NO!

I always say to customers, you’re spending the money on the plant buy the right soil for it otherwise it all is a waste of time and money!

There are also quite a few people that don’t know that the problem they’re having is because of their soil (their plants keep dying or not preforming how they’d like them to)!

So…

Top soil

Top soil is straight soil with nothing mixed with it.
It is good for using under sod and any other lawn application.  It can be used for topdressing but topdresser is better and easier to apply. Do not use top soil in pots.

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Triple Mix

Triple mix is made up of: top soil, manure and peat moss.
It is good for planting in the ground and can be used throughout the garden.
Triple mix helps to break up heavy clay soils and is good to add to sandy soils. Do not use triple mix in pots.

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Garden Soil

Good garden soil contains a combination of: black soil, organic matter, peat moss and horticultural sand.
Garden soil can also be used on the lawn. Don’t limit your lawn soil to just top soil or topdresser, your grass needs as much rich nutrient soil as your garden does!
Garden soil is heavier than potting soil, retains some moisture, and has less air space than potting soil. Do not use garden soil in pots!

**Top soil, topdreser, triple mix & garden soil are for the lawn and/or garden – not pots or containers. They all hold more water than potting soil and does not have the type of drainage that plants in pots need. Your plants will get bogged down over time and will lag behind and could die.**

Potting Soil

As the name states: potting soil is for pots (and containers).  Good potting soil is usually soilless with a combination of: organic matter, perlite, vermiculite and horticultural sand.  It is light and holds water well and has great drainage. There should be a lot of air-space in it.

Soil that contains fertilizer

Buying soil with fertilizer already in it is not necessary and could be a waste of the few extra dollars it costs. If you have container grown before, you would have noticed that when you water your pots, a lot of water comes out the bottom, so does all the nutrients. Buying a good quality potting soil and fertilizing regularly is sufficient for your container plants for the season!

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Dandelion Problems

Dandelion Problems

Corn Gluten- Natural Weed Inhibitor

Corn gluten is natural and non-toxic. It prevents seeds from germinating – it won’t get rid of existing weeds (those you’ll have to pull or spray), it can inhibit more seeds from germinating. While effective, its application timing also has to be precise – you apply corn gluten in early spring and late fall.

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Types of weeds best controlled:

  • Crabgrass
  • Dandelions
  • Curly Dock, Knotweed, Lambs Quarters, Pigweed and Plantain

How to apply:

Apply corn gluten to your lawn with a spreader – not by hand. Apply the corn gluten to a moist lawn but be sure that the corn gluten will stay dry for 48 hours after application.  Allow 6 weeks before/after overseeding your lawn with grass seed, as corn gluten will inhibit the germination of any grass seed you put down. Apply corn gluten in April – May depending on weather – before the Forsythia finishes blooming.

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Spring Clean Up Checklist

Spring Clean Up Checklist

Spring has come and it is time to get out there and get your yard ready for the coming season. A proper spring clean up will set up your lawn and garden for greater success throughout the growing season. There are a number of things you can do to get your lawn and garden ready.
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Opening your garden beds:

  1. Clean out all winter debris: driveway rocks pushed over with the snow, leaves that came down in the fall, etc
  2. Cut back the dead plant material left by your perennials
  3. Prune back the shrubs that need it
  4. Turn over and add new soil
  5. Clean up the edge of your garden with a freshly sharpened spade
  6. Add a fresh layer of natural mulch

Doing these few things will provide you a great deal more success with your garden in the months to come.

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Lawn:

  1. Aerate your lawn for better air, water and nutrient penetration and to break up heavily compacted ground. Aeration also helps to increase the lawns ability to retain water, reducing run off and erosion
  2. Fan rake the lawn to help the grass stand back up and to clean up excess thatch
  3. Topdress your lawn with new topsoil for greener more dense grass. Top-dressing also allows you to smooth out bumps or low spots in your lawn
  4. Overseed your lawn to thicken your grass, to fill bare spots and to choke out weeds
  5. Fertilize your lawn to green it up, stimulate new growth and to keep it healthy

A beautiful thick green lawn starts in the spring with the proper spring care and maintenance.