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Your Batavia (IL) Garden, Lawn & Landscape: It Starts with the Soil

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As more Batavia homeowners discover the benefits of growing their own food, more are also creating their own “farm-stand gardens” at home.

food starts with good soilWhen you grow your own food, you know its true origin, cultivation process and length of time from harvest to table. You also discover for yourself that a grocery-store tomato can’t compare with the texture and taste of a tomato from your own garden. Growing your own produce is worth the time and effort.

Despite what some might think, a lush, green, healthy lawn is just as possible to achieve as a flourishing vegetable garden. Where frustration might set in at the outset is when the chemical treatments purchased at garden-supply and home-improvement stores fall short of desired results – in addition to being costly. They can raise bigger questions as well. Are they safe for children and pets? Can they damage the yard and the environment?

If you’ve tried different fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, you might have run into the same lowered expectations because the lawn didn’t wind up looking like the one in the brochure or commercial.

But you can know what you’re putting onto your lawn, why it’s being used and how it’s being applied. Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply supports Batavia homeowners with the guidance and materials for the attaining the garden, lawn and landscape you have in mind when you start – including what you see in promotions.

Batavia (IL): Proper Soil Selection

A vibrant and healthy garden, lawn or landscape begins with the soil in which it grows. Results depend on organic variables that can change depending on the application.

With Tim Wallace, you have access to the proper soil mixes that are already blended and ready for use upon arrival at your Batavia home. You can simply spread the soil and get to work planting!

Your application-specific soil mix from Tim Wallace is distinct in that it moves through our proprietary four-step process:

  1. The materials for your mix are collected from their enclosed and covered storage bins.
  2. They are piled atop one another in our mixing bin, where we turn them over multiple times with an end-loader.
  3. Next, we mechanically process the soil mix in our diesel-powered pulverizer.
  4. Finally, we convey your finished product to the bed of the truck that will deliver it to you.

We perform these careful steps for your own special Batavia soil blend at the area’s only onsite soil-mixing facility!

Key Elements of Your Batavia (IL) Garden Soil

The soil mix that achieves what you envision for your Batavia garden comprises three core traits.

garden soil mixOrganic Fertilizer – proper proportions of robust organic material such as compost for the results you desire. When you include it in the right amounts, compost adds vital nutrients to the garden soil mix for good soil health.

Primary Planting Media – plenty of quality topsoil (black dirt). Note that topsoil alone isn’t enough for the garden to thrive.

Moisture Control – lots of organic material for retaining the right amount of moisture.

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The following Tim Wallace soil mixes are blended to perfect ratios of premium materials for your lawn or farm-stand garden. Our Batavia customers purchase them often!


Raised Bed Mix: 50% topsoil, 25% coarse sand, 25% organic compost

According to Gardening magazine’s trial of the best soil mix for raised beds, a blend of 50% topsoil, 25% coarse sand and 25% compost is best. The study determined that though the mix was heavy to put in the bed, it didn’t settle much and was simple to dig. Weeding by hand also was easy, soil fertility was good and the bed yields were high.

The mix’s coarse sand (more porosity and drainage) is desirable for making a dense soil such as clay more porous. Flowers, tomatoes and root vegetables such as beets and radishes are all examples of plants that can thrive in soil with coarse sand.

Organic compost – a by-product of recycled organic materials such as leaves, vegetable scraps and small twigs – turns into a rich soil amendment gardeners refer to as “Black Gold.” It is the ideal compost amendment for your raised garden bed.

The topsoil in this blend also contains its own combination of nutrients for healthy plants. Our Raised Bed Mix is by far one of our most popular garden soil mixtures.

Enriched Vegetable Garden Mix: 50% topsoil, 50% composted horse manure

Topsoil helps sustain plant life with its consistent nutrient content. Farmers favor adding horse manure as well because composting it revs up the compost pile while increasing soil fertility, regeneration and high-quality yields. We age and turned our composted horse manure regularly to infuse it with a specific subtle character.

Though it’s not high in phosphorous and potassium, horse manure is nitrogen-rich, which benefits non-flowering plants such as garden vegetables. Because the composted horse manure has its own water-retention quality, our Enriched Vegetable Garden Mix also requires no sand.

Tim’s Original Garden Mix: 50% topsoil, 25% organic compost, 25% fine sand

yard soilAll composts can dry out quickly, so mixing compost with topsoil and fine sand will provide balanced bedding for vegetables. This Tim Wallace soil mix gives your garden the best of all worlds, as topsoil offers a healthy home for roots with plenty of water, compost provides a nutrient boost and sand supports soil porosity and water retention. You can also use this blend as a topdressing for your lawn in Batavia!

Premium Compost Mix: 50% mushroom compost, 50% organic compost

Garden soil will shed vital nutrients over time. When that occurs, plant growth, production and health will be affected. To maintain soil that’s fertile and high in organic components, compost should be re-applied every two or three years.

Our Premium Compost Mix blends two organics that will rejuvenate and energize your Batavia garden. Because this mix has no topsoil, it should be added only to existing gardens that have enough black dirt. Some of our Batavia customers have also achieved success with this product in their landscape beds.

In addition, because many mulches used around plants and shrubs will eventually deprive underlying soil of nitrogen, adding a 1″ layer of the Premium Compost Mix before you spread your mulch can help naturally fertilize plants, trees and shrubs.

Purple Cow: A Proven, Time-Tested Upgrade

purple cow organicsPurple Cow Classic Compost adds beneficial microbes, carbon and balanced nutrients to your soil for your Batavia vegetable garden. A fully plant-based and organic component, it improves soil structure and porosity, which is excellent for plant roots. It also enhances nutrient retention and use while reducing nutrient loss from leaching.

Purple Cow further includes humus for greater soil aggregation and nutrient availability for the plant.

Because even the best compost can dry out, mixing it with topsoil and sand will provide the right balanced media for lawns and proper bedding for flowers and vegetable plants.

Our premium soil mixtures provide three top benefits for your garden: 1) topsoil for roots with plenty of water, 2) Purple Cow Compost for boosts of nutrients and 3) sand for soil porosity and water control.

Tim Wallace premium garden soil mixes further save effort and time by blending and preparing what your garden requires.

garden vegetable soil mixPremium Garden Mix: 50% topsoil, 25% Purple Cow Compost, 25% fine sand
Apply for in-ground gardens, lawn topdressing in Batavia

Premium Raised Bed Mix: 50% topsoil, 25% Purple Cow Compost, 25% coarse sand
Include it in your above-ground raised garden

Contact Us Today for Soil Near Me Batavia (IL)

A properly treated and grown garden and lawn in Batavia rewards you with tasty, organic food; healthier plants and shrubs; and green grass you want to walk on with bare feet. It’s also simply beautiful to behold.

We’ve expanded our soil-mix offerings through the years as we continue seeking new ways to meet the demands of today’s ambitious gardener. To chat more about the right “garden soil near me” for Batavia, contact us at (630) 759-1080!

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