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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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    Aguinaga Green Inc
    27912 Baker Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676
    We receive clean green waste from landscapers and tree trimmers and recycle it into organic mulches, soil amendments, planting mixes, seed toppers and custom blends. Save the landfills...recycle.
    (714) 649-9050
    Serrano Creek Soil Amendments
    25201 Trabuco Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630
    Organic compost for soil amendement and mulching. Buy direct from producer and save. Healthy soils means healthy, vibrant plants.
    (949) 768-1008
    McAllister Dave Topsoil
    31748 La Pata Ave, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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    (949) 728-1500
     
    User Review: "Simple the best , price, , product ,and delivery friendly and on time .Also has palms and other plants"
    Campbell Bruce Sand & Gravel
    1400 Dana Pl, Fullerton, CA 92831
    (714) 688-1236
    Campbell Bruce Sand & Gravel
    1400 Dana Pl, Fullerton, CA 92831
    (714) 524-8562
    Fuller's Top Soil Co
    2200 E Lambert Rd, La Habra, CA 90631
    (714) 879-1250
    Park Rental
    15631 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865
    (714) 637-0160
    Blue Ribbon Nursery and Landscape Supplies
    1425 N Santiago Blvd, Orange, CA 92869
    (714) 633-3666
    South Coast Supply
    18851 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 842-8866
    South Coast Supply
    18851 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (949) 842-8866
    Valley Sod Farm Inc
    Irvine, CA 92602
    (800) 662-8876
    Byars Tractor Service
    Rosemead, CA 91770
    (626) 288-5452
    Cal Blend Soils Inc
    1270 Arrow Hwy Ste A, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
    (626) 359-1083
    Cal Blend Soils & Amendments
    13530 Live Oak Ln, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
    (800) 425-3631
    O T Y Inc
    16820 S Figueroa St, Gardena, CA 90248
    (323) 770-4563


    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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