Our Mix & Till compost and sand amendments are ideal for gardeners who have an ample amount of good black dirt and want to replenish and reinvigorate the soil. These products perform best when roto-tilled or hand-blended into the existing soil.
Compost Benefits and Options
Even the best topsoil will become nutrient depleted over time. Compost present within a planting area will also become depleted as it does its job of feeding both plants and soil. Compost adds organic components to your soil to help break up the structure into tiny pores and air channels that give the plants greater access to food. This makes compost an excellent amendment for flower or vegetable gardens.
The benefits of amending soil with compost include:
- releases nutrients slowly so they don’t leach away as some synthetic fertilizers do
- promotes aeration and drainage in clay soil
- enhances moisture and nutrient retention in sandy soil
- reduces soil compaction
- inhibits erosion
- suppresses soil-borne diseases and pests
- attracts earthworms (nature’s best soil builders) as well as other beneficial organisms that lessen the need for pesticides and fertilizers
Your compost options at Tim Wallace Supply include:
- Organic Mushroom Compost: A combination of composted straw, horse manure and peat; a superb topdressing for overseeding the lawn
- Organic Compost: By-product of recycled organic components such as leaves, vegetable scraps and small twigs that become a rich soil amendment referred to as “Black Gold”
- Purple Cow Classic Compost: Finely screened, 100% plant-based product (leaves, sticks, branches) free of manure, weed seeds and pathogens; a national favorite that carries the OMRI Listed® seal for organic production
- Composted Horse Manure: Aged and regularly turned product that is ideal for vegetable gardens
Sand Benefits and Options
Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles such as silica and calcium carbonate. It is highly porous and permeable and helps increase the drainage and penetrability of gardening soil.
Soil that drains well is easy to dig, work with and mix with compost. Sand’s porosity in your garden soil also lets more air reach plant roots while helping prevent root disease caused by excess water.
The keys to using sand in your garden is knowing when to include it and what the difference is between fine sand and coarse sand. Tim Wallace Supply offers you either type for your gardening situation.
- Fine sand (also called Mason sand) helps soil to clump and congeal. It also supports water retention while preventing soil porosity. These characteristics favor root development. Fine sand is the top option for planting beds that are in the ground.
- Coarse sand (also called Torpedo sand) will create more porosity and drainage, which is desirable for making a dense soil (e.g. clay) more penetrable. Flowers, tomatoes and root vegetables such as beets and radishes are examples of plants that can grow well with coarse sand blended into the soil. Course sand also is the preferred choice for raised-bed gardens of all kinds.
At Tim Wallace Supply we offer several Mix & Till options blended as a 50/50 ratio:
- In-ground planting areas:
- 50% compost of choice and 50% fine sand
- Raised bed planting areas:
- 50% compost of choice and 50% coarse sand
Our Mix & Till products are available for pickup or delivery. All of these products are blended “on demand” in full cubic yard increments. Our delivery minimum is 2 cubic yards. Call us at (630) 759-5552 to set up your home delivery.
To learn more about our Mix & Till soil amendments, visit our Soil Mix Supply website.