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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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    Sandman Sales Yard
    9175 Airport Hwy, Holland, OH 43528
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    (419) 865-1666
     
    User Review: "Great material and even better prices! with 2 locations in holland and ottawa lake mi there is always a sandman near you."
    Dump Truck Services
    9025 Old Airport Hwy, Holland, OH 43528
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    (419) 865-1666
     
    User Review: "I visited sandman sales yard last spring and acctally had a great time picking out the products that I was looking for. The..."
    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
    A+ Mulch & Topsoil
    8420 County Road 140, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 422-8292
    Performance Blended Soils
    14120 State Route 568, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 422-2040
    Performance Construction Group
    14120 State Route 568, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 422-2300
    Performance Blended Soils & Athletic Field Mixes
    14120 State Route 568, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 422-2040
    Bame Jim Landscaping & Firewood LLC
    1840 Lima Ave, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 424-3884
    Bill Moyer Shredded Topsoil & Earthmoving
    Mount Cory, OH 45868
    (419) 477-5276
    Tawa Tree Service
    1131 Sugar Mill Dr, Ottawa, OH 45875
    (877) 523-9001
    Re Source
    1596 Neubrecht Rd, Lima, OH 45801
    (419) 222-2702
    Devier Excavating.Com
    2385 Burden Dr, Lima, OH 45801
    (419) 228-4500
    Designed Landscaping Inc
    470 New Washington Rd, Sycamore, OH 44882
    (419) 927-2576
    Finley Hauling & Excavating
    12620 Grand Rapids Rd, Grand Rapids, OH 43522
    (419) 832-2744
    Dnn Holding LLC
    7047 Stewart Rd, Lima, OH 45807
    (419) 234-4923


    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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