Garden Blend is a planting soil formulated for landscape beds, ground cover beds and backfilling new plantings. It provides high moisture holding ability and a very productive nutrient utilization system. Horticultural grade composted pine bark and Renewed Earth Lifecycle Compost combine to provide natural long term support for your plants.
Garden Blend includes two sources of organic content. Renewed Earth’s unique fine screened composted pine bark provides a durable organic component which improves drainage and is extremely effective at capturing and delivering needed nutrients to the hosted plants. Lifecycle Compost further enhances the nutrient handling, moisture holding and air space characteristics of the final soil blend. Garden Blend will maintain its high performance growing characteristics much longer than typical compost and peatmoss amended planting soil.
Natural topsoil and structure sand are the mineral components incorporated to fine tune the moisture holding and air space relationship of the final blended soil. The naturally occurring topsoil also inoculates the soil with a small but diverse biological population to compliment the natural chemical and biological characteristics of the composted organics. The unique organic portion of this soil contributes to making this a long term productive outdoor planting soil.
Common Uses of Garden Blend
It is used for backfilling new plantings, construction of new landscape beds and ground cover beds. It is also the best choice for topdressing existing lawns.
Ingredients of Garden Blend
Garden Blend is a screened blend horticultural grade composted pine bark, Lifecycle Compost, structure sand and topsoil. It is 30 percent composted pine bark, 30 percent Lifecycle compost 20 percent natural topsoil and 20 percent structure sand. These percentages may vary slightly due to variations in the physical characteristics of the topsoil and structure sand.
How Much Should I Use?
The optimal planting bed is constructed with 8 to 12 inches of planting soil on top of well-drained subsoil. Single larger plants should be planted in a hole roughly three times the size of the root ball then backfilled with the planting soil.
While this sounds extreme consider that each plant will send out its roots in search of moisture and nutrients. If the planting soil is only at the top 3 inches of a bed, a larger plant root system will have a hard time getting all it needs from the thin layer of soil at the top of the root system. The planting soil should be in the potential root area or root zone where the plant will end up getting its moisture and nutrients.
Top dressing lawns involve spreading about ¼ inch of new soil onto the existing lawn and raking it in. This increases the organic component and smoothes out lumpy spots. Even better is to core aerate before topdressing in all types of soil. This combined with over seeding is a great way to refurbish an existing lawn without starting from scratch.
What is the Difference Between Garden Blend and Yard Blend?
Garden blend has a higher organic content which is from two different sources. It is a little fluffier, looser, and lighter weight than Yard Blend. Yard Blend has more body too it, it is not as spongy, yet has plenty of organic content for lawn use. Garden Blend has more organic material in it and is therefore better suited for gardening.