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Willowbrook (IL) Gardens & Lawns: Soil

gardens soil landscapes for curb appeal

When driving, biking or strolling through Willowbrook, one may see an inspiring array of home styles ranging from ranch to split-level to contemporary. When those homes have what’s referred to as “curb appeal,” it’s often because they also have healthy and vibrant gardens, lawns and landscapes.

Whatever the look and style of your home in Willowbrook might be, you too can enjoy striking curb appeal with yard elements that thrive with premium soil blends from Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply.

Soil for Willowbrook (IL) Landscape Beds with Trees & Shrubs

Planting trees in lawnWhether set among the lawn or marking the home’s perimeter, trees and shrubs placed in a landscape bed will universally complement any style of Willowbrook home when grown in the proper soil.

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

Existing soil within most Willowbrook planting areas 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 they’ll welcome.

Your plants will also benefit from loose soil for spreading their roots and a good soil structure for water flow and drainage.

landscape beds with trees and shrubsLandscape Planting Mix ׀ 50% topsoil, 50% organic compost

Topsoil is the most nutrient-rich portion of naturally occurring soil. To grow healthy trees, shrubs and bushes in your Willowbrook 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

Your fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and bushes need access to phosphorous. In this mix, 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 Willowbrook (IL) Lawns

soil for lawnA lush, green lawn will enhance just about any Willowbrook home – we all at some point have stopped to admire a rich and radiant expanse of manicured grass. In establishing your talk-of-the-neighborhood lawn, the main factors you want to avoid are unevenness and thin grass and bare spots.


Uneven lawn patches can be both bothersome and hazardous. Mowing over bumpy turf produces unattractive results as some grass remains uncut while the mower dumps up and drops down. Low spots can leave the grass looking scalped as well.

Lawn beauty also can be challenged by trying to mow in a straight line. You’ve probably seen lawns that left you wondering if the yardwork attire included a blindfold. More important, dips and raised spots can cause 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 you’ll find at professional 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 Willowbrook homeowners the proper options for achieving their lawn-leveling 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 sandpro series soil blends

PRO-SERIES Topdressing Mix (popular): Our Topdressing Mix with an additional 40 lbs. of PENNMULCH® per yard

Thin Grass & Bare Spots

Adding new grass seed to your lawn can improve its health, thickness and curb appeal. However, sowing it directly into hard soil and even a bit of thatch will guarantee that you achieve very little.

core aerate lawnFor the Willowbrook lawn you really have in mind, you can take an effective 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. Overseed the lawn after aeration.
  5. Topdress the lawn.

The Topdressing Mix is a superb medium for germinating grass seed. Simply add a starter fertilizer and then water the grass regularly. If you desire a more organic approach to a luscious 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 great topdressing as a better alternative than just putting topsoil over the seed.

The mushroom compost in the Enriched Topsoil Mix and the PENNMULCH in our PRO-SERIES blends further act as a slow-release organic plant fertilizer. This supports moisture retention so the seeds can germinate faster while avoiding birds and wind.

We offer multiple mix options for overseeding your Willowbrook lawn:

Topdressing lawn with rakeTim’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 Willowbrook (IL) Flowers & Perennials

Colorful flowers in garden

A healthy, flourishing flower garden with charming curb appeal isn’t simply the product of dropping plants into the dirt and waiting for them to appear. Your choice of garden soil will determine your flowers’ health, growth and bloom development, especially if the soil is loose and well-drained with plenty of organic material.

If you’re planting flowers in containers, an all-purpose potting mix will provide the best growing conditions while preventing root rot and damage. When you’re planting into an in- or above-ground garden, you’ll want to work with a custom-blended garden soil.

Willowbrook homeowners have several garden soil options to choose from in looking to grow picturesque flowers and perennial gardens.

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

Mixing compost 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 home with plenty of water for roots, compost for a nutrient boost and sand for soil porosity and water retention.

Purple Cow Organics logoPremium Garden Mix ׀ 50% topsoil, 25% Purple Cow Classic Compost, 25% fine sand

The highly popular Purple Cow Classic Compost is an established way to add beneficial microbes, carbon and balanced nutrients to your Willowbrook flower garden soil.

Plant-based and 100% organic, 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 Premium Garden Mix’s humus supports the plant with soil aggregation and nutrient availability as well.

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

Perennials are garden plants that return every spring after going dormant in winter (e.g. hostas, coneflowers, daylilies). Healthy perennials will bloom and multiply, creating new plants that can expand your garden and be shared with family and friends.

perennial garden mixIf you’ve ever noticed perennials that aren’t growing or producing as they should, it’s often because they’re planted in the native soil, which doesn’t favor 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 nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for hearty plant growth and blooming. It also should slightly raise the soil pH for the growing season.

The mix’s finely ground pine bark further serves as a moisture-retaining soil conditioner and creates “pore space” in the soil for oxygen and nutrient filtration.

Soil for Willowbrook (IL) Vegetable Gardens

Fresh garden vegetablesA thriving vegetable garden is a highlight at home, as well as for the kitchen table. Many of our Willowbrook customers recognize this – a main reason so many are creating their own at-home “farm-stand gardens.” If you’ve compared a homegrown tomato with one from the grocery store, you can’t ignore the difference.

The results you really want start with soil blended for vegetable garden growth. A quality soil mix for yours will feature the following assets.

garden soil mixMoisture Control. A good soil blend with lots of organic matter holds more of the moisture vegetable gardens require. Gardeners need to be careful, however, as too much moisture can create problems such as soggy soil and root rot.

The wrong kind of sand can likewise cause issues if it’s not the right type for your mix. Coarse sand will favor water drainage in raised garden beds, which can often hold water and get soggy, causing root rot. Fine sand will help retain soil moisture, which 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 proceeds from quality topsoil (black dirt). However, if used alone even a great topsoil will lack the full amount of what’s needed for the garden to thrive. This is why it is blended with the other assets we’re discussing.

Organic Compost. Amending the topsoil with natural compost favors your results. Where fertilizer feeds the plants, compost will nourish the soil. The correct quantity of compost supplies important nutrients for soil health; too much of it can hurt plants and burn tender roots.

Tim Wallace Soil Mix Supply prepares the right ratios of compost with your best results in mind.

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

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

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

Raised Bed Mix (best option for an above-ground garden bed)
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

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

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

Willowbrook (IL) “Garden Soil & Topsoil Near Me”: Contact Us Today

With the right materials, ideas and advice, you really can achieve the garden, lawn and landscape you’ve seen and thought you could only admire. We also prepare your special blends right here at Chicagoland’s only onsite soil-mixing facility. To find out more about “topsoil and soil mixes near me” for Willowbrook, give us a call at (630) 759-1080!

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