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Lombard (IL) Lawn & Garden Soil

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As with beauty, so can curb appeal in Lombard (IL) lie in the eye of the beholder. That appeal might be defined by a particular architectural style, such as Cape Cod, Craftsman, Contemporary, Cottage or Colonial.

Each presentation will often have distinctly fitting features. For example, a white picket fence can complement a Cottage-style home well but contrast with a Contemporary home. A tall spruce might pair with a Craftsman-style home but not integrate with a Cape Cod.

Whatever your style of home in Lombard might be, you can accent it the right way with lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden and landscape beds that thrive and grow with premium soil mixes from Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply.

Flower & Perennial Garden Soil Lombard (IL)

flower & perennial garden soilCreating a healthy, flourishing flower garden that adds to curb appeal isn’t as simple as dropping plants into the dirt and simply waiting for them blossom.

The type of garden soil you use for your flowers will determine their health, growth and bloom development. Loose and well-drained soil with plenty of organic material tends to favor most flowering plants.

If you’re planting your flowers in containers, an all-purpose potting mix will provide optimal growing conditions while preventing root rot and damage. When you’re planting into an in- or above-ground garden, you’ll want to select a specifically blended garden soil.

In growing picture-worthy flowers and perennial gardens, Lombard homeowners have several Tim Wallace options to choose from.

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

Because even the best compost can dry out, mixing it with topsoil (black dirt) and fine sand is a great way to provide balanced bedding for flowers and plants. This garden soil blend includes the best of all worlds: topsoil for a healthy home for roots with plenty of water, compost for a nutrient boost and sand for soil porosity and water retention.

Premium Garden Mix ׀ 50% topsoil, 25% Purple Cow Classic Compost, 25% fine sand

purple cow organicsNationally renowned Purple Cow Classic Compost is a proven, time-tested way to add beneficial microbes, carbon and balanced nutrients to your Lombard flower garden soil.

A fully organic and plant-based component, Purple Cow Compost enhances soil structure and porosity to establish a better plant-root environment. It also reinforces nutrient retention and use while reducing nutrient loss caused by leaching. The inclusion of humus further assists in soil aggregation and nutrient availability for the plant.

All Tim Wallace garden soil mixes save you both time and effort as all your flowers need – high-quality topsoil (black dirt), fine sand and naturally fertilized soil – is ready for spreading into your flower garden.

Perennial Garden Mix ׀ 50% pine bark mulch, 50% organic compost

perennial garden mixPerennials such as hostas, coneflowers and daylilies are garden plants that return each spring after going dormant in winter. You plant them once and then enjoy them for years. Healthy perennials will grow vigorously and multiply, creating new plants for you to expand your own garden or to share with family and friends.

At times you might notice your perennials aren’t producing as many flowers or just not growing as well as they should. When this happens, it’s often because the perennials are planted straight into the native soil, which doesn’t favor desired results.

Blending 50% organic compost with 50% aged pine bark mulch offers an enhanced formula for a productive and lively perennial garden bed. The compost gives the soil vital nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for helping plants grow, bloom and thrive. It also should slightly raise the soil pH for the growing season. The compost reinforces moisture retention and even prevents diseases as well.

Because it too helps the soil hold moisture, the mix’s finely ground pine bark serves as a soil conditioner. It also creates “pore space” for oxygen and nutrient filtration in the soil.

Soil: Lombard (IL) Landscape Beds with Trees & Shrubs

group planting treeWhether set out within the lawn or carefully defining the home’s perimeter, the trees and shrubs you place in a landscape bed will complement your style of Lombard home. Both new and existing landscape beds will benefit from the right soil.

Note that newly purchased trees, shrubs and bushes will be under stress referred to as “transplant shock.” When you are planting them, you can help alleviate transplant shock by supplying extra water and nutrients into the planting hole or bedding area.

There’s a good chance your planting area’s existing soil will have lost nutrients over the years. The fresh topsoil and compost mixes from Tim Wallace will provide your trees, shrubs or bushes the nutrient boost they’ll welcome. They also will benefit from loose soil for spreading their roots and a good soil structure for water flow and drainage.

Landscape Planting Mix ׀ 50% topsoil, 50% organic compost

As the top layer of soil above the bedrock, topsoil is the most nutrient-rich portion of naturally occurring soil. To grow healthy trees, shrubs and bushes, you require a screened and pulverized high-quality topsoil.

While topsoil contains organic matter, it is not the full amount your plants will need to reach their full potential. The 50-50 blend of topsoil and composted plant materials in our Landscape Planting Mix is a perfect balance for growing trees, shrubs and bushes.

Enriched Topsoil Mix ׀ 50% topsoil, 50% mushroom compost

This is your mix if you want to increase the immediately available phosphorus for your fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and bushes. The mushroom compost’s blend of composted straw, composted horse manure and peat supplies your plants with more available natural phosphorus to promote bloom and fruit development from down in the roots.

Soil: Lombard (IL) Vegetable Gardens

Vegetable gardens complement any style of home, as well as the kitchen tables in them. As more Lombard homeowners recognize this, they are creating their own at-home “farm-stand gardens.” The taste and texture of a grocery-store tomato just can’t compare with what you can produce and enjoy from your own garden!

Growing and harvesting your own food also ensures you know where it came from, how it’s been grown and how long it takes to travel from harvest to table.

The best results begin with the best garden soil. A quality soil blend for your vegetable garden should control moisture, provide a proper planting media and include a healthy organic amendment.


vegetable garden moisture soilVegetable gardens need a lot of moisture, and a good soil mix with plenty of organic matter holds more of it. At the same time, too much moisture can lead to problems such as soggy soil and root rot. So can the wrong kind of sand, as sand either holds or sheds moisture depending on the type in the blend.

Coarse sand better supports water drainage in raised garden beds, which can tend to hold water and turn soggy, leading to root rot. Because it helps retain soil moisture, fine sand is superb for lawns and in-ground gardens. Unless a soil mix already includes composted horse manure, adding sand also helps produce a smooth blend that’s easy to work with.

Planting Media

Quality garden soil obviously proceeds from quality topsoil (black dirt). However, when used alone, even a great topsoil will fall short of what’s required for the garden to thrive.

Organic Compost

Amending your topsoil with natural compost favors the targeted results. Where fertilizer feeds the plants, compost will feed the soil. The right amount of compost supplies important nutrients for soil health; too much can hurt plants and burn tender roots. Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply prepares the proper ratios of compost with your best results in mind.

In-the-Ground Gardens

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

Premium Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% Purple Cow Classic Organic Compost

Vegetable Gardens

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

vegetable garden soil mixAbove-Ground Garden Beds

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

Premium Raised Bed Mix (super-charged with Purple Cow Compost)
50% topsoil, 25% coarse sand, 25% Purple Cow Classic Organic Compost

Soil Supplements

Premium Compost Mix (use only with a sufficient amount of existing topsoil)
50% organic compost, 50% mushroom compost

Mix & Till Soil Amendments (when sufficient topsoil is present)
50% compost, 50% sand

Soil: Lombard (IL) Lawns

A lush, green lawn will raise the curb appeal of just about any Lombard home. Main factors you want to avoid in your lawn are unevenness and thin grass and bare spots.

Uneven Turf

uneven turf keep off grassPatches of unevenness in your lawn can be a nuisance as well as a danger. Mowing over bumpy turf produces unsightly results as some grass remains uncut while the mower dumps up and drops down. Low spots can leave the grass looking scalped as well.

There’s also the challenge of trying to mow in a straight line. You’ve likely seen a lawn that left you wondering if a blindfold was included in the task. More important, dips and raised spots in the lawn can be a safety hazard that can lead to trips and falls.

Standard topsoil is fine for filling in low spots deeper than 3″. If you add fine sand to the topsoil as golf-course turf pros do, you can achieve a silky-smooth soil blend ideal for leveling lawns at depths between ½” and 3″. This topdressing blend spreads easily, holds its depth and contributes to overall lawn improvement.

At Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply, we offer you the lawn-leveling options for achieving your goals.

Topsoil: The best for leveling your lawn at depths greater than 3″

Topdressing Mix (also a great base for laying sod or overseeding): 50% topsoil, 50% fine sand

PRO-SERIES Topdressing Mix: Our popular Topdressing Mix with an additional 40 lbs. of PENNMULCH® per yard

Thin Grass & Bare Spots

Bare spots in lawnSpreading new grass seed to your Lombard lawn can improve its health, thickness and curb appeal. However, sowing seed directly onto a lawn with hard soil and even a bit of thatch is guaranteed to not produce what you’re aiming for.

For the lawn you really have in mind, we recommend a five-step approach:

  1. Mow the lawn to a height of 1½”.
  2. Water it the evening before you aerate.
  3. Core-aerate your lawn.
  4. Once aeration is done, overseed.
  5. Topdress your lawn.

The Topdressing Mix is an ideal medium for germinating grass seed. Just add a starter fertilizer and water the lawn regularly. If you’re interested in a more organic approach to a vibrant lawn, try one of our soil blends that incorporate compost.

Our PRO-SERIES Topdressing Mix at Tim Wallace ultra-charges our Topdressing Mix by adding PENNMULCH, which provides both a water-retention media and starter fertilizer.

When you’re overseeding your lawn, the mushroom compost in both our Enriched Topsoil Mix and our Premium Topsoil Mix greatly improves the topdressing media more than covering the seed with topsoil alone.

Serving as a form of slow-release organic plant fertilizer, the mushroom compost in the Enriched Topsoil Mix and the PENNMULCH in our PRO-SERIES blends help hold moisture against the seeds so they can germinate faster while being protected from hungry birds and blowing wind.

Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply offers several lawn mix options for overseeding:

pro series soil blendsTim’s Original Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% organic compost

Topdressing Mix (also a perfect base for laying sod)
50% topsoil, 50% fine sand

PRO-SERIES Topdressing
50% topsoil, 50% fine sand, 40 lbs. PENNMULCH (per cubic yard)

Premium Topsoil Mix
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% mushroom compost

Custom Preparation for Lombard (IL) Soil

Achieving a Lombard garden, lawn or landscape bed with beautiful curb appeal truly begins with the right soil. At Tim Wallace, our soil blends arrive to you ready to apply – you don’t have to mix them!

We also prepare your special blend at Chicagoland’s only onsite soil-mixing facility, where we move it through our distinct four-step process.

load soil truck

One: Gather all required materials from their enclosed, covered storage bins.

Two: Pile them atop one another in our mixing bin and then turn them over several times with an end-loader.

Three: Once blended, mechanically process the mix in our diesel-powered pulverizer.

Four: Run your blend on the conveyor belt attached to the pulverizer up to where it drops the finished soil mix into the bed of the truck that will deliver it to you.

“Garden Soil & Topsoil Near Me” Lombard (IL): Contact Tim Wallace Today

Your home is your refuge and the parcel you can perfect as much as your heart desires. With the right materials and information, you can achieve what you’ve seen and thought you could only admire. For more details about “premium topsoil and soil mixes near me” for your Lombard garden, lawn and landscape, just call us at (630) 759-1080!

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