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Soil Bolingbrook (IL) Gardens, Lawns & Landscapes

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A new town built on the Gateway Wetlands west of the Des Plaines River in the 1960s, Bolingbrook incorporated in 1965 and then experienced particularly rapid growth in the 1980s and 90s. Today, it’s Will County’s second largest town after Joliet and one of the largest villages in Illinois.

Bolingbrook is also a location of distinctive homes and landscapes. According to an article by, landscaping improvements can increase a home’s resale value by 15-20% on average.1

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Research Group analyzed the Return on Investment (ROI) of various landscaping projects and yard upgrades. It also surveyed homeowners to assess how much enjoyment each upgrade provides, assigning each project a “joy” score.2

The 2023 NAR study results show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a decent ROI. Even maintaining your yard well can boost the value of your Bolingbrook home.

The study’s top five projects in terms of landscaping ROI include:

landscape projectlawn care (a healthy, weed-free lawn)

lawn maintenance (pruned trees and bushes, edged garden beds, fresh mulch)

outdoor kitchen (built-in grills, sinks, etc.)

overall landscape upgrade (add hardscape, flowering trees, vegetable garden)

patio upgrade (create an outdoor seating and gathering area)

If you are a Bolingbrook homeowner who likes to maintain a beautiful property with striking features such as the lawn, landscape planting beds or a new vegetable garden, Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply has the yard materials for achieving the look, function and ROI you have in mind.

Soil for Bolingbrook (IL) Lawn Care & Repair

Common issues that can cause a lawn to need repair are:

Bare spots in lawnmore weeds than grass

too many bare spots

thin grass

poor results from chemical fertilizers

grass that’s not a healthy shade of deep green

If any (or all) of these problems are present in your Bolingbrook yard, you can proactively resolve them with our Lawn Repair Mix. Review our tips for addressing these repair issues as well!

With our Lawn Repair Mix, you combine the three most important elements you’ll need to restore your lawn to the way it should look:

lawn repair mix1) Topsoil

Topsoil (screened and pulverized black dirt) is the cornerstone of a lawn with healthy grass. Over time, however, nutrients in the soil can leach out or be used up by the grass. A fresh layer of topsoil can revive a tired lawn in need of nutrients.

2) Fine Sand

Sand helps reduce compacted soil. Fine sand supports water and moisture retention.

3) Compost

Organic compost is simply recycled plant-based material for helping to nourish both the lawn and the garden. You have several options for adding compost to your lawn.

Mushroom compost typically comprises composted straw, horse manure and peat. It too can be used in either the lawn or the garden. However, composted horse manure that has been aged and turned regularly is best suited for the garden. An ideal choice for lawn repair is the nationally known Purple Cow Classic Organic Compost.

Purple Cow Organics logoWeed-, seed- and pathogen-free, Purple Cow Compost adds beneficial microbes, carbon and balanced nutrients to your lawn or garden soil. A fully plant-based and organic component, it also improves soil structure and porosity to create a better plant-root environment; reinforces nutrient retention and use; and reduces nutrient loss caused by leaching. Purple Cow further includes humus to assist in soil aggregation and nutrient availability for the plant.

If your next project is repairing your Bolingbrook lawn, we recommend:

Lawn Repair Mix

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

PRO-SERIES Lawn Repair Mix

50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% Purple Cow plus 40 lbs. PENNMULCH® per yard

pro series soil blendsThe PENNMULCH seed accelerator in our PRO-SERIES Lawn Repair Mix is superb for establishing a thicker, healthier lawn in one simple application. When PENNMULCH gets wet, it expands and then dries, holding the seed in place. This will provide an almost 100% seed germination rate, resulting in nice, full turf that’s also non-toxic.

Homeowners, turf professionals, golf course superintendents, athletic field managers and landscapers alike can achieve optimal results when they combine this product with a Tim Wallace lawn soil blend.

Soil for Bolingbrook (IL) Lawn Care & Maintenance: Unevenness, Bumps and Dips

uneven turf keep off grassUneven spots in your Bolingbrook lawn can be a bother as well as a danger. Mowing across bumpy turf produces unsightly results as some grass remains uncut. Low areas in your lawn tend to leave grass looking scalped.

Another challenge can be trying to mow in a straight line. Some lawns can look like they were mowed with the aid of a blindfold. More important, dips and raised spots in the lawn can be a hazard waiting to cause trips and falls.

Standard topsoil can fill in low spots with depths greater than 3″. Adding fine sand to the topsoil will establish a silky-smooth soil blend perfect for leveling lawns at depths between ½” and 3″ – this is very common at pro golf courses.

Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply offers effective options for leveling your Bolingbrook lawn:

Topsoil: For depths greater than 3″

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

Soil for Bolingbrook (IL) Lawn Care & Maintenance: Overseeding

Topdressing lawn with topsoil and compostTim Wallace Topdressing Mixes are an ideal medium for germinating grass seed. Simply add a starter fertilizer and then water regularly. If you desire a more “natural” (non-chemical) approach, try one of our lawn soil blends with compost, PENNMULCH or peat.

Tim’s Original Garden Mix powers up our Topdressing Mix by adding organic compost. When you’re overseeding your Bolingbrook lawn, the mushroom compost in both the Enriched Topsoil Mix and the Premium Topsoil Mix provides optimal topdressing as opposed to simply covering the seed with topsoil.

A form of slow-release, organic plant fertilizer, the mushroom compost in the Enriched Topsoil Mix and the Premium Topsoil Mix also helps the seeds retain moisture so they can germinate faster while also being more safe from birds and wind.

We offer different blends for overseeding your Bolingbrook lawn:

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

Topdressing Mix (perfect base for laying sod as well)
50% topsoil, 50% fine sand

Enriched Topsoil Mix
50% topsoil, 50% mushroom compost

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

Peat Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% peat

Peat Topdressing Mix (also a great base for laying sod or overseeding)
50% topsoil, 50% peat

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

Soil for Bolingbrook (IL) Overall Landscape Upgrade: Vegetable Garden

plant garden soil mixHere at Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply, we continue to see more Bolingbrook homeowners discovering the benefits of a home vegetable garden.

When you grow and harvest your own food, you know where it came from, how it’s been grown, how long it’s taken to travel to the table and especially how great the produce tastes. The garden beautifies your home and neighborhood while also adding to quality outdoor family time.

A soil blend for your Bolingbrook vegetable garden should control moisture, provide an appropriate planting media and include a healthy organic amendment.

garden soil mixMoisture control. Vegetable gardens need a lot of moisture, and a good soil mixture with plenty of organic matter holds more of it. We need to be careful, though – too much moisture can lead to problems such as soggy soil and root rot. So can using the wrong kind of sand, as sand either holds or sheds moisture depending on the type in the mix.

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

Proper planting media. Although it may be obvious, a quality garden soil proceeds from a quality topsoil (screened and pulverized black dirt). However, even a great topsoil will not have enough of what’s required for the garden to grow correctly.

Organic compost. Amending your topsoil with vibrant natural compost favors excellent results. Where fertilizer feeds the plants, compost feeds the soil. It’s important to note that while compost adds important nutrients for soil health, too much of it can hurt plants and burn tender roots. Always with your goals in mind, Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply includes the right compost ratio in each of our garden mixes.

Tim’s Original Garden Mix (great for in-the-ground gardens)
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% organic compost

Premium Garden Mix (also great for in-the-ground gardens)
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% Purple Cow Classic Organic Compost

Peat Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% peat

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

above ground gardenRaised Bed Mix (best for an above-ground garden bed)
50% topsoil, 25% coarse sand, 25% organic compost

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

Mix & Till Blends (for gardens with plenty of good black dirt)
50% sand (fine or coarse), 50% compost or peat


Soil for Bolingbrook (IL) Overall Landscape Upgrade: Flower or Perennial Garden

Colorful flowers in garden

Flowers are a beautiful (and economical) way to raise your Bolingbrook home’s curb appeal – and your ROI.

Flowers infuse your yard with liveliness and color, complement your home’s architectural style and call to the eye of passers-by. They also make your home look even more welcoming.

Growing a healthy, flourishing flower garden isn’t simply a matter of dropping some plants into the dirt and waiting for them to reach for the sky. Having the right garden soil for your flowers is crucial for their health, growth and overall bloom development. Generally, most flowering plants do best in loose and well-drained soil with lots of organic material.

If you’ll be planting your flowers in containers, choose an all-purpose potting mix to encourage optimal growing conditions and prevent root rot and damage. If your project is an in- or above-ground garden, select a specifically blended garden soil.

At Tim Wallace, we offer Bolingbrook homeowners several choices of mix for flower and perennial gardens:

Tim’s Original Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% organic compost, 25% fine sand
Blending compost with topsoil and fine sand is a great way to provide balanced bedding for flowers and plants. This garden soil mix provides the best of all worlds since topsoil creates the home for roots with plenty of water, compost provides a nutrient boost and sand helps with soil porosity and water retention.

flowers garden plantPeat Garden Mix (superb for annual flowers as well)
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% peat

Premium Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% Purple Cow Classic Organic Compost, 25% fine sand
Save time and effort by giving your flowers all that they need – a prepared blend of high-quality black dirt, fine sand and naturally fertilized soil. It’s all ready to be spread into your garden!

Perennial Garden Mix

50% pine bark fines, 50% organic compost
An equal blend of organic compost and aged pine bark mulch is a powerful formula for a lively and productive perennial garden bed. To help your plants reach exquisite maturity, the compost provides the soil with essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This should also raise the soil pH for the growing season. The material helps retain soil moisture and even prevents diseases as well.

Soil for Bolingbrook (IL) Overall Landscape Upgrade: Trees & Shrubs

group planting treeIn obtaining a great ROI, properly placed trees and shrubs within your yard add value as they grow.

When you’re planting newly purchased trees, shrubs and bushes, understand that they’ll be under “transplant shock.” One of the best ways to lessen this stress on them is to supply extra water and nutrients into your planting hole or bedding area.

Your planting area’s existing soil will likely have lost many nutrients through the years. Adding fresh topsoil and compost gives your trees, shrubs or bushes the nutrient boost they truly need; loose soil in which they can freely spread their roots; and a good soil structure for water flow and drainage.

tree shrub planting mixLandscape Planting Mix

50% topsoil, 50% organic compost

Topsoil is naturally occurring soil’s most nutrient-rich layer. Good topsoil with the right ratio of organic matter mixed in is essential for growing healthy trees, shrubs and bushes. This blend provides the perfect 50-50 balance.

Enriched Topsoil Mix

50% topsoil, 50% mushroom compost

The mushroom compost’s blend of composted straw, composted horse manure and peat provides greater available natural phosphorus to promote bloom and development for fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and bushes.

Soil Mix Supply for Bolingbrook (IL): Contact Us Today

Whether your goals this year include the lawn, landscape planting beds or a new flower or vegetable garden, Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply has a soil blend that will help you achieve the look, function and ROI you’re conscientious about. To find out more about the right “topsoil or garden soil near me,” call us at (630) 759-1080!

1 Cynthia Paez Bowman and Lara Vukelich, August 3, 2023, “Does landscaping increase home value?”

2 Stephens, Hannah, June 25, 2023, “What Backyard Improvements Yield the Best ROI?”

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