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Soil Mixes for Flower Gardens

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Landscaping Supply for Flower Gardens: Soil Mixtures

Creating a healthy, flourishing flower garden isn’t as easy as simply dropping some plants into the dirt and watching them blossom. Having the right kind of gardening soil for your flowers is crucial for their health, growth and overall bloom development.

Because different plant varieties have different soil needs, knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming, so keep these leading thoughts in mind for your landscape materials:

Bagged potting soil is great for flowers grown in containers.

Gardening soil specifically blended for in-ground use does not make good potting soil.

When planting your flowers in containers, choose an all-purpose potting mix to allow for optimal growing conditions and prevent root rot and damage.

When you’re planting flowers into an in- or above-ground garden, select a specifically blended gardening soil.

Here are our recommendations for giving rich color and life to your flower garden.

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

Even the best compost can dry out quickly, so mixing it with topsoil and fine sand is a great way to provide balanced bedding for flowers and plants.

A mixture gives you the best of all worlds since topsoil offers a robust home for roots with plenty of water, compost provides a boost of nutrients and sand helps with soil porosity and water retention.

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

Purple Cow Organics logoNationally known and trusted Purple Cow Classic Compost is a proven, time-tested way to add beneficial microbes, carbon and balanced nutrients to your flower gardening soil.

A 100% plant-based and organic component, the Purple Cow Compost improves soil structure and porosity in creating a better plant-root environment. It also reinforces nutrient retention and use while reducing nutrient loss caused by leaching. Purple Cow includes humus to assist in soil aggregation and nutrient availability for the plant as well.

Even the best compost can dry out quickly, so mixing it with topsoil and fine sand is a great way to provide bedding for flowers and plants. The premium garden mix provides three top benefits for your flower garden:

Topsoil offers a healthy home for roots with plenty of water.

Purple Cow Compost provides a healthy boost of nutrients.

Fine sand helps with soil porosity and water retention.

Our premium garden mix will save you both time and effort as everything your flowers need – a prepared blend of high-quality black dirt, fine sand and naturally fertilized soil – is ready to be spread into your flower garden.

Perennial Garden Mix: 50% pine bark fines, 50% organic compost

Boy smelling flowersPerennials are garden plants that return each spring after going dormant in winter (e.g. hostas, coneflowers, daylilies, peonies, salvia). That means you plant them once and then enjoy them for years. Healthy, happy perennials will grow vigorously and multiply, creating new plants for you to expand your own garden or to share with friends.

Sometimes, however, your perennials might not produce as many flowers or they just won’t grow as well as they should. Planting perennials straight into the native soil will produce disappointing results.

A blend of 50% organic compost and 50% aged pine bark mulch offers a great formula for a lively and productive perennial garden bed. The compost provides the soil with essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This helps your plants grow, bloom and thrive. It should also raise the soil pH for the growing season. The material helps retain soil moisture and even prevents diseases as well.

The finely ground pine bark in the perennial garden mix works well as a soil conditioner because it helps the soil retain moisture. It also provides “pore space” through which oxygen and nutrients can filter in the soil.

You can use this premium dark rich product as either mulch or a soil conditioner, especially when your soil is of marginal quality. For the best results, apply the perennial garden mix to a depth of 2-3”.

Landscaping Supply for Flower Gardens: Contact Us Today

A vibrant, beautiful garden is a landscaping highlight you can achieve the way you envision. Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply supports you with the ideas, information and landscape materials for cultivating a flower garden with character and creativity. Contact us at (630) 759-1080 to further discuss the right gardening soil for your flower garden.

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