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Soil Mixes for Trees & Shrubs

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Landscaping Supply for Trees & Shrubs: Soil Mixtures

Trees, shrubs and bushes are important to your yard’s ecosystem. They provide shade, improve soil stability, enhance air quality and create habitats for all types of wildlife.

(If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a shrub and a bush, a bush is a group of trees small enough to touch the soil, and a shrub is a little taller than a bush. Shrubs also have thicker foliage.)

Planting trees, shrubs and bushes along the front, sides and even back of your house helps to visually tie the house to its surrounding property. It also softens the transition from the rolling lawn to the house rising from it. Trees, shrubs and bushes are of course attractive as well, especially when you choose varieties that add seasonal interest to your landscape.

Other great assets of trees include:

  • Natural cooling system. Developed urban areas can trap heat, and trees’ canopies act like a parasol in blocking the sun’s radiation and cooling the ground. Trees also help cool the air through evapotranspiration, a process by which water evaporates from leaves when the sun’s rays hit the canopy, creating a local cooling effect.
  • Extra flood prevention. Just one large tree can absorb 100 gallons of water from the ground in a single day. This helps prevent flooding from heavy storms, particularly in low-lying areas.

Shrubs and bushes also offer additional benefits such as:

  • Property border and privacy, as well as a partial shield against strong winds when planted in the right locations
  • Additional environmental filtering of pollutants and dust, as well as reduction of erosion

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Preparing to Plant: The Right Landscape Materials from Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply

When you are planting newly purchased trees, shrubs and bushes, they will be under stress. The term “transplant shock” refers to a number of stresses occurring in recently transplanted trees, shrubs and bushes. It concerns a failure of the plant to root well, consequently making the plant poorly established in the landscape.

One of the best ways to lessen transplant shock is to supply extra water and nutrients into your planting hole or bedding area. Your planting area’s native soil has probably lost many nutrients over the years. Adding a fresh 50-50 mix of topsoil and compost gives your trees, shrubs or bushes a nutrient boost, loose soil in which they can spread their roots and a good structure for water flow and drainage.

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

The top layer of any soil above the bedrock, topsoil is the most nutrient-rich layer of naturally occurring soil. Good-quality topsoil (screened black dirt) is a requirement for growing healthy trees, shrubs and bushes.

Topsoil contains organic matter but not as much as your plants will need to grow to their full potential. Our landscape planting mix’s 50-50 ratio provides a perfect balance of topsoil and organic matter (composted plant materials, or “Black Gold”) for growing trees, shrubs and bushes.

Apple trees in orchard

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

If you’re looking to increase the amount of immediately available phosphorus for your fruit- bearing trees, shrubs and bushes, go with this mix. The mushroom compost’s blend of composted straw, composted horse manure and peat provides a higher level of available phosphorus for your plants.

Landscaping Supply for Trees, Shrubs & Bushes: Contact Us Today

Your trees, shrubs and bushes can add striking beauty, function and elegance to your home when they are given the optimal landscape materials to flourish. To find out more about premium soil mixtures and other landscaping supply for your goals, contact Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply at (630) 759-1080 to speak with a specialist!

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