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Soil for New Lenox (IL) Homes with Curb Appeal

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What’s now the village of New Lenox was first settled as VanHorne Point in the late 1820s in the area of Gougar Crossing (Route 30 and Gougar Road). The township was created with the establishment of Will County and the Rock Island Railway connecting Rock Island and Chicago in 1852. The railroad’s first supervisor, John Van Duser, named the township New Lenox after his hometown of New Lenox, New York.

lush green lawn for curb appealThe village itself was incorporated in October 1946. Since then, New Lenox has become known as “The Home of Proud Americans” to reflect the quality of life in the community. Reflections of that quality can be seen in the village’s 569 acres of parks and athletic fields and especially its diversity of homes and landscapes.

As the owner of a New Lenox home, you’re probably interested in maintaining its curb appeal as well as increasing its worth. 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 measure how much enjoyment each upgrade provides, assigning each project a “joy” score.2

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

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

landscaping project roilawn 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 plan to enhance your property with 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.

New Lenox (IL): Soil for Lawn Care & Repair

If a lawn in New Lenox needs repair, it’s often because of a reason such as:

lawn repairthin grass

more weeds than grass

too many bare spots

ill effects of chemical fertilizers

grass that’s not a healthy, deep green

If you have any of these problems in your yard, you can proactively resolve them with our Lawn Repair Mix. You can also review our tips for addressing these repair issues!

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

2) Fine Sand

3) Compost

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.

Sand will help reduce compacted soil. Fine sand will support water and moisture retention.

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 usually 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 fits best in 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. As an 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 New Lenox lawn, we recommend:

Lawn Repair Mix

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

pro series soil blendsPRO-SERIES Lawn Repair Mix

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

The PENNMULCH seed accelerator in our PRO-SERIES Lawn Repair Mix establishes a thicker, healthier lawn in one convenient 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.

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

lawn bare spots repairIf you have uneven spots on your New Lenox lawn, they can be both a bother and a hazard. Mowing on bumpy turf and leaving uncut grass can often lead to unsightly results. Low areas in the lawn tend to leave grass looking scalped.

Then there’s trying to mow in a straight line. Some lawnmowers may have been purchased along with a blindfold. More important, dips and raised spots can be a lawn hazard waiting to cause trips and falls.

Topsoil can fill in low spots with depths greater than 3″. As is often done at pro golf courses, adding fine sand to the topsoil will create a silky-smooth soil blend that’s great for leveling lawns at depths between ½” and 3″.

To level your lawn in New Lenox, Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply offers:

Topsoil: depths greater than 3″

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

New Lenox (IL) Lawn Care & Maintenance: Soil for Overseeding

lawn topdressing soil blendsTim Wallace topdressing blends are ideal for germinating grass seed. Just 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 energizes our Topdressing Mix by adding organic compost. When you’re overseeding your lawn, as opposed to simply covering the seed with topsoil, you can apply the mushroom compost in both the Enriched Topsoil Mix and the Premium Topsoil Mix as an optimal topdressing.

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 safer from birds and wind.

You can choose from different blends for overseeding your lawn:

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

lawn overseedingTopdressing 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 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

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

New Lenox (IL) Overall Landscape Upgrade: Soil for Vegetable Gardens

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We continue to see more homeowners discovering the advantages of having a home vegetable garden. When you grow and harvest your own food, you know its origin, growing procedures and time of travel to the table.

You especially also know how great the produce tastes. The garden beautifies your New Lenox home and neighborhood while also adding to enjoyable outdoor family time.

A quality soil blend for your vegetable garden should control moisture, contain the right sand (fine or coarse), provide an appropriate planting media beyond good topsoil and include the proper ratio of a healthy organic amendment.

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

Raised 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

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

Flower gardenBeyond return on your investment, flowers infuse your yard with liveliness and color, complement your home’s architectural style and attract the eye of passers-by. They also make your home look even more welcoming.

Having the right garden soil for your flowers is vital to their health, growth and blooming. Most flowering plants will often do best in loose, well-drained soil rich in organic material.

When you’re planting flowers in containers, your best bet is an all-purpose potting mix to promote ideal growing conditions while preventing root rot and damage. If you’re working on an in- or above-ground garden, choose a soil specifically blended for gardens.

New Lenox homeowners have several choices of Tim Wallace mixes for flower and perennial gardens:

Tim’s Original Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% organic compost, 25% fine sand
Blend of compost, topsoil and fine sand to provide balanced, nutrient-rich bedding for flowers and plants

perennial garden mixPeat Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% fine sand, 25% peat
Also superb for annual flowers

Premium Garden Mix
50% topsoil, 25% Purple Cow Classic Organic Compost, 25% fine sand
A prepared blend of high-quality black dirt, fine sand and naturally fertilized soil, 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 for a lively, productive and nourished perennial garden bed

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

Planting a bushProperly placed trees and shrubs within your yard add value as they grow and mature.

Newly purchased trees, shrubs and bushes will be under “transplant shock” when you’re planting them. A good way to lessen this stress on them is to supply extra water and nutrients into your planting hole or bedding area.

Existing soil typically loses many nutrients through the years, so adding fresh topsoil and compost to your planting area will give your trees, shrubs or bushes a welcome nutrient boost; loose soil in which they can spread their roots freely; and a soil structure for water flow and drainage.

Shoveling compostLandscape Planting Mix 50% topsoil, 50% organic compost

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 support bloom and development for fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and bushes.

Topsoil and Garden Soil Mixes New Lenox (IL): Contact Us Today

Whatever your project this year in New Lenox might be, Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply has a soil blend that will help you achieve the look, function and ROI you desire for your garden, lawn and landscape. To further discuss 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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