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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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    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..."
    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
    Tinys Trucking Mi Inc
    1592 N Van Dyke Rd, Imlay City, MI 48444
    Our Macomb-based Soil offers fill sand, class II sand, septic sand, mason sand, and more. If you're looking for screened or unscreened Topsoil, don't hesitate to give us a call.
    (810) 724-6513
    McComb Supply & Landscape Products
    54545 Foss Rd, Macomb, MI 48042
    (586) 749-6980
    Sunscot Excavating
    30300 25 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, MI 48051
    (586) 749-3830
    B & W Landscape & Patio Supply
    43291 North Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48036
    (586) 463-0545
    A & R Landscape Service Inc
    29505 24 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, MI 48051
    (586) 949-5909
    B & W Landscape Supply
    43291 North Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48036
    (586) 463-0545
    Dale's Landscaping Supplies
    47917 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317
    (586) 731-8980
    Stone Age Landscape Supply
    50695 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317
    (586) 731-1240
    Rocks N Roots Lanscape & Pond Supplies
    62520 Van Dyke Rd, Washington, MI 48094
    (586) 752-4900
    Stone Age Landscape Supply
    50695 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317
    (586) 731-1241
    Lakeshore Landscaping
    34339 Harper Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48035
    (586) 746-0303
    Sterling Topsoil & Grading
    37328 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
    (586) 264-3000
    Tebben Bros Trucking
    231 Romeo Rd, Rochester, MI 48307
    (248) 652-7188


    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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