Landscape Product Applications

Guidelines for Use

Local growers depend on our top quality soil products to enhance gardens, lawns, playing fields, urban farms, greenhouses, parks, golf courses and public works projects. Our most popular products include Garden Blend, Turf Blend, Soil Amender and Aged Bark Mulch.

Vegetable Gardens and Raised Beds

Apply Garden Blend & Garden Blend Premium: Remove weeds and slightly roughen the surface. Apply a 2” – 8” layer of Garden Blend evenly on existing soil and blend. In raised beds, Garden Blend can be used as the only soil or generously mixed into the existing soil.

Apply Soil Amender: Add a 2” to 3” layer of Soil Amender to a 6” to 8” depth during the fall or a few weeks before planting. When the plants begin to grow rapidly, mix Soil Amender with equal amounts of soil and use it as topdressing to control weeds, preserve moisture and provide nutrients.

Apply Mulch: Apply a 2 – 4” layer (after settling) of mulch to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Mulch should be applied to a weed-free soil surface. For beds, mulch the entire area. The best time to mulch is late spring after the soil has warmed. It is not necessary to remove the mulch when you fertilize.

Established Lawns

Apply Soil Amender: Core-aerate the lawn, making 3 to 5 passes over the turf surface. Spread a ½” layer of Soil Amender over entire lawn. Apply by hand, use standard topdressing equipment, or ask for a commercial bark and soil blower service. Apply a ¼” layer of Soil Amender if you have not aerated. Gently work it in the lawn using a push broom or rake. Use Soil Amender once to twice a year (early spring and/or fall) for best results.

Apply Turf Blend: Same as above.

New Lawns

Apply Soil Amender: Spread a 4” layer of Soil Amender into 5” of soil. Add grass seed.

Apply Turf Blend: Spread a 3”- 6” layer of Turf Blend evenly over soil. Compact gently. Irrigate thoroughly before putting down grass seed or sod to help establish roots.

Trees, Shrubs and Landscapes

Apply Soil Amender: Apply a 1” to 3” layer of Soil Amender 1 foot away from the trunk to 1 foot beyond the drip line of the branches.

Apply Mulch: Apply a 2 – 4” layer (after settling) of mulch to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Mulch should be applied to a weed-free soil surface. For beds, mulch the entire area. For trees, apply mulch in a circle covering the entire root system of a tree that often extends well beyond the tree canopy. Keep mulch at least 6” from the base of the tree trunk. The best time to mulch is late spring after the soil has warmed. It is not necessary to remove the mulch when you fertilize.

New Trees and Shrubs

Apply Soil Amender: Dig a hole as much as three times the diameter of the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Blend one part Soil Amender and two parts existing soil obtained from the planting hold. Place tree or shrub in the planting hole. Surround and gently firm around the root ball.

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