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Soil for Gardens & Lawns: Westmont (IL)

soil for gardens and lawns

A charming village of just over five square miles, Westmont (IL) is an example of how much curb appeal is possible when original homes are paired with well-tended gardens, lawns and landscapes.

Your Westmont home could be any one of different architectural styles with their own distinct features, such as Cape Cod, Craftsman, Cottage or Contemporary. Whatever the look and style might be, you can complement it the right way with yard elements that thrive and grow with premium soil blends from Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply.

Soil for Westmont (IL) Lawns

lush green lawn for curb appealA lush, green lawn will raise the curb appeal of just about any Westmont home. In achieving yours, the main factors to avoid are unevenness and thin grass and bare spots.

Uneven Turf

Patches of uneven lawn can be both bothersome and dangerous. Mowing over bumpy turf produces unsightly results as some grass remains uncut while the mower dumps up and drops down. Low spots also can leave the grass looking scalped.

Then there’s the challenge of trying to mow in a straight line. You’ve likely seen a lawn or two that left you wondering if a blindfold was part of the yardwork attire. More important, dips and raised spots can be a safety hazard leading to trips and falls.

Standard topsoil (black dirt) is fine for filling in low spots deeper than 3″. If you add fine sand to the topsoil as is common at premier golf courses, 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.

Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply offers Westmont homeowners the lawn-leveling options for achieving their 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 soil blendsPRO-SERIES Topdressing Mix: Our popular Topdressing Mix with an additional 40 lbs. of PENNMULCH® per yard

Thin Grass & Bare Spots

Spreading new grass seed to your Westmont lawn can improve its health, thickness and curb appeal. On the other hand, sowing it directly into hard soil and even a bit of thatch is guaranteed to not produce what you’re aiming for.

mow lawnFor the Westmont 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.

Tim Wallace’s Topdressing Mix is an ideal medium for germinating grass seed. Just add a starter fertilizer and water the lawn regularly. If you prefer a more organic approach to a rich and radiant lawn, try one of our soil blends that incorporate compost.

Our PRO-SERIES Topdressing Mix ultra-charges our Topdressing Mix by adding PENNMULCH, which serves as a water-retention media and a starter fertilizer.

When you’re overseeding, the mushroom compost in our Enriched Topsoil Mix and our Premium Topsoil Mix provides superb topdressing in place of just putting topsoil over the seed.

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

We offer several mix options for overseeding your Westmont lawn:

overseeding lawnTim’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

Soil for Westmont (IL) Flowers & Perennials

healthy flourishing flower garden soil mixA healthy, flourishing flower garden that adds to curb appeal isn’t simply the product of dropping plants into the dirt and waiting for them blossom.

Your choice of garden soil 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.

When you’re planting 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 picturesque flowers and perennial gardens, our Westmont customers have several garden soil 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 and fine sand is a great way to provide balanced bedding for flowers and plants. This garden soil blend includes all your garden needs to prosper: topsoil for a root home 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

perennial garden mixThe highly popular Purple Cow Classic Compost is a proven, time-tested way to add beneficial microbes, carbon and balanced nutrients to your Westmont flower garden soil.

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

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

Perennials 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 bloom 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 they should. When this happens, it’s often because they are planted straight into the native soil, which doesn’t favor desired results.

Blending 50% organic compost with 50% aged pine bark mulch offers a robust formula for a lively perennial garden bed. The compost infuses the soil with vital nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for vigorous plant growth and blooming. It also should slightly raise the soil pH for the growing season.

Because it 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 for Westmont (IL) Landscape Beds with Trees & Shrubs

Whether set out within the lawn or marking the home’s perimeter, the trees and shrubs placed in a landscape bed will universally complement any style of Westmont home when they grow in the right soil.

Bushes in a rowIt’s important to note that newly purchased trees, shrubs and bushes will be under stress referred to as “transplant shock.” When planting them, you can help to ease that stress by supplying extra water and nutrients into the planting hole or bedding area.

Within most planting areas in Westmont, 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 that they’ll welcome. They’ll also 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 in your Westmont yard, you’ll need a screened and pulverized high-quality topsoil.

While topsoil contains organic matter, it doesn’t hold enough for your plants 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 accessible 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 for Westmont (IL) Vegetable Gardens

basket vegetables garden soil mixVegetable gardens complement any style of home, as well as the kitchen tables in them. More of our Westmont customers are acknowledging this, which is why they are also creating their own at-home “farm-stand gardens.” The taste and texture of a store-bought tomato just can’t compare with that of the produce from your own garden.

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

The results you really want start with the best garden soil. A quality soil mix for your Westmont vegetable garden should include moisture control, a proper planting media and a healthy organic amendment.

Boy watering plantsMoisture Control. Vegetable gardens need a lot of moisture, and a good soil blend with lots of organic matter holds more. Gardeners need to be careful, however. 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 soil mix.

Coarse sand is good for water drainage in raised garden beds, which can often hold water and get soggy, causing root rot. Because it helps retain soil moisture, fine sand is great 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 your results. Where fertilizer feeds the plants, compost will nourish the soil. The right amount of compost supplies important nutrients for soil health; too much compost can hurt plants and burn tender roots. At Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply, we prepare the proper ratios of compost with your best results in mind.

vegetable garden soil mixFor 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

For vegetable gardens:

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

above ground gardenFor above-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

For soil supplements:

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

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

Custom Soil Preparation for Westmont (IL)

Tim Wallace soil blends for your Westmont garden, lawn or landscape bed with maximum curb appeal arrive to you ready to apply – you don’t have to mix them!

load soil truck

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

1) Gather all required materials from their enclosed, covered storage bins.

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

3) Once blended, mechanically process the mix in our diesel-powered pulverizer.

4) 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 in Westmont.

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

Your Westmont home is your refuge, and you can perfect it as much as your heart desires with the right materials, ideas and advice. To further discuss “topsoil and soil mixes near me” for your Westmont garden, lawn and landscape, just call us at (630) 759-1080!

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