Not all dirt has what it takes to support a healthy lawn or garden. Often, only when many homeowners are ready to begin planting do they realize their soil needs extra attention. If the ground you’re preparing to plant in or garden contains mostly clay, rocks or sand, it’s necessary to condition the area to increase the nutrients and improve water and air infiltration. This will also increase the likelihood your bushes, flowers and other vegetation will survive.
Ace Hardware carries several soil conditioner formulas to help you create a healthy foundation for your favorite plants. The absorbent quality of vermiculite, a naturally occurring mineral, helps soil maintain a consistent level of moisture making it a fitting ingredient for dry soil. Peat moss is another natural substance that helps soil retain moisture and nutrients. Some prefer vermiculite over peat moss for its longevity and mold resistance, but both are commonly found in soil enriching mixtures.
If planting a container garden or potted plants, you can always transfer soil from outdoors, but potting soil is an ideal option – especially if you’re planting indoors, since it typically is weed and contaminant free. There are many options when it comes to improving your soil, indoors or outdoors.
As an alternative to purchasing a pre-packaged soil conditioner, many people make their own by composting. The experts at Ace Hardware can help you determine the approach that will best address your lawn care needs. For more information, check out our lawn care guide or read this article on how to compost.
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