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It's All About The Soil

Soil Amendments

What on Earth are soil amendments?

Soil amendments are things that are added to soil to improve it and help plants, trees, and flowers grow.

Now that planting season is upon us, it's a good time to take a look at your soil before you start digging in. Depending on where you live, your soil may be too dry, lack nitrogen or other nutrients, be the wrong pH, or not drain well enough.

Types of Soil Amendments

There are basically two category types of Soil Amendments: organic and inorganic.

  • Organic soil amendments include things like compost,  manure (aged), coconut coir, and wood ash
  • Inorganic soil amendments include things like sand, perlite, lime, and vermiculite

The best way to create the perfect growing environment is to add nutrient-rich organic matter like compost, aged manure, or leaf mold.

Wondering what your soil contains? Learn how you can test your soil from home.

Our Soil Amendments

Here at U-Save Rockery Morgan Hill, we carry many of the best soil amendments:

Certified Organic Recycled Compost - our most popular compost which contains only materials that meet certified organic standards. This compost is used as a mulch to top dress flower and planting beds, as a seed cover for new lawns, and for newly planted gardens. Organic Recycled Compost is great for building a stable root structure in your plants. It consists of 100% natural and organic material from recycled green waste.

Redwood Compost - composed of nitrogen-treated composted redwood shavings and can be blended for poorly- or under-amended soil. Will help prepare your soil for sod or other plantings.

Mushroom Compost - composed of straw, mushrooms & other organic material left over from mushroom farming. It's often used for a slow release of organic fertilization.

Planter Mix - a 50/50 topsoil/compost mix perfect for growing plants, flowers, and vegetables in planters.

Topsoil - the top/outermost layer of soil (5-10 inches) where most things are grown and where most plants receive the majority of their nutrients.

During the month of April, you can get 5% off any bulk soil amendments from U-Save Rockery Morgan Hill!

We've made it easy for you to get your garden growing! If you have any questions, our helpful and experienced staff are happy to help you figure out the type and amount of soil amendments you may need.

Happy gardening!