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Important Soil and Yard Development Terms

Before beginning any lawn and garden improvement project, it is important to understand the different types of materials you may need. It is essential to buy the right kind of soil, fertilizer, and protective groundcover. Knowledge of the different planting materials available will help you succeed. Below are seven terms to be familiar with before you tackle any lawn or garden development project.

  • Topsoil – Nutrient rich soil used in lawn and garden development. Sometimes referred to as potting soil, topsoil is key for growing indoor plants as well.
  • Mulch – Rocks, woodchips, and other organic material used to create a protective layer on top of soil. Mulch prevents weeds from growing, defends against soil erosion, and locks in moisture.
  • Compost – Organic material that has been broken down and recycled for use as a fertilizer. Compost is often mixed with soil to make for a more fertile growing material.
  • Peat – Decomposed plant material that retains moisture and stores nutrients, aiding plant growth.
  • Turf – A thin layer of dirt and grass attached at the roots. Turf, also known as sod, is typically sold in rolls or squares and can be used to develop an even and attractive lawn quickly.
  • Artificial Turf – Synthetic grass commonly used in sporting venues. Artificial turf has become increasingly popular in residential areas in the South and Southwest because it requires minimal maintenance and no irrigation.
  • Fill – Dirt used for leveling holes or altering the elevation in a yard. Fill is used in backyard projects like building ponds, pools, or patios.
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    Yost Sand And Gravel
    45697 Ecorse Rd, Belleville, MI 48111
    We sell top soil sand and the best in gravel to the entire surrounding area. The services we provide are customer services, lawn & garden consultation, plus much more.
    (734) 697-1183
    Angelo's Supplies, Inc.
    29820 W 8 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
    Angelo's Supplies, Inc. has been in business for nearly 30 years, serving you from two locations in Wixom and Farmington Hills, Michigan. We have 10 acres of quality landscape products.
    (248) 478-1729
    Gushow Anthony & Sons Excavating
    1676 W Midland Rd, Auburn, MI 48611
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    (989) 662-6591
     
    User Review: "Delivered 5 yards of dirt to my house at very competetive price. Came fast and dumped it where I wanted."
    Advanced Landscape
    890 N Rochester Rd, Clawson, MI 48017
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    (248) 565-8371
     
    User Review: "Excellent customer service... Very fast friendly crew they worked together to get me a rush order... Mission..."
    Owen Excavating Co
    4151 128th Ave, Holland, MI 49424
    (616) 399-2350
    Shillinger Landscaping
    4540 W Hansen Rd, Ludington, MI 49431
    (231) 845-7645
    Wisti Excavating Inc
    4715 Product Dr, Wixom, MI 48393
    (248) 437-5165
    Main's Landscape Supply
    21355 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48033
    (248) 356-8660
    Crown Sand & Gravel
    6991 Cooley Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48324
    (248) 363-7722
    Insta Lawn Sod Farms
    12139 Gooding Rd, Milan, MI 48160
    (734) 439-3140
    J S M Landscaping Inc
    Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
    (810) 385-3851
    Michigan Crushed Concrete
    25012 Plymouth Rd, Redford, MI 48239
    (313) 534-1500
    Sandy's Landscape Supplies
    4845 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201
    (517) 750-1870
    K & K Trucking
    2780 S Waverly Hwy, Lansing, MI 48911
    (517) 882-9687
    Hyponex Inc
    332 Graham Rd, Imlay City, MI 48444
    (810) 724-2875


    Topsoil is the uppermost layer of dirt. Although topsoil occurs naturally, it can take hundreds of years just to produce a couple inches of organic material that is rich enough nutrients to support flowers, crops, grasses, and other plants. Nursery centers, therefore, sell topsoil products consisting of dirt and compost. The mixture is used to farm crops, improve flower gardens, and create landscapes. Since gardening and farm suppliers often make their own version of topsoil, they can include specific mixtures of mulch, compost, dirt, and other organic materials. Certain combinations supply needed nutrients to various types of flowers and crops. Using the right topsoil, therefore, makes it easier for gardeners to grow healthy plants that produce abundant fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Recent combinations specifically made for lawns include grass seed in nutrient-rich dirt. This combination makes it possible for homeowners to grow lush lawns that resist erosion and drought. Those that do not contain any synthetic fertilizers might also be labeled as organic or sustainable, because they do not have chemicals that can damage the environment. Before choosing topsoil for your garden or landscape, contact a nursery to help you decide which option is best for your plants. Many nursery supply companies have websites where you can learn about the different types of products that they sell. Look for options that meet your specific needs. Some websites also provide information about how much water and additional nutrients that you should give your plants. The end result is often an improved lawn, turf, or garden that contains rich compost instead of dirt that has already lost its nutrients.
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