Helpful Tips

SOIL THERAPY COMPOST™ Potting Soil Blend

How to Build a Flower Bed or Garden

Step 1
For new beds and gardens, prepare the area by removing as much sod, grass, and roots as possible. For existing beds and gardens, remove the old bark chips or wood chips as well as any fabric barrier that may exist.

Step 2
Apply an even layer of Soil Therapy Compost™ to the entire bed and incorporate into existing soil. Make sure the finished bed height is higher than the surrounding soil to accommodate adequate drainage.

Step 3
Lay out plants according to size and color preference. With a spade, dig a hole deep and wide enough to receive the root ball of that particular plant, making sure to leave the root flare of the plant exposed.

Step 4
Once all of the plants have been planted, backfill any low spots and apply Soil Therapy Compost™ to achieve an even, slightly mounded surface. Install any edging that you prefer and water thoroughly.

 

SOIL THERAPY COMPOST™ Lawn and Landscape Blend

To Build a new lawn:

Step 1
Prepare the area to receive Soil Therapy Compost by removing the excess debris, limbs and roots. With a rake or shovel, level any high or low spots, filling in ruts or wash outs with STC, if necessary.

Step 2
Layout and empty the contents of Soil Therapy Compost approximately 3' -4' apart in a checkerboard pattern over the entire lawn

Step 3
Pour out and spread Soil Therapy Compost. Using a tiller, till the compost into the native soil to a depth of 4 - 6 inches. Be sure to thoroughly mix Soil Therapy Compost into the native soil, this may take two to three passes with the tiller.

Step 4
Using a broadcast spreader, apply the seed of your choice to the new topsoil and rake in. For sod grasses, layout squares of sod so that each end seam is offset. Add generous amounts of water and watch it grow.

To Enhance an Existing Lawn

Step 1
Using a walk behind spreader, evenly apply Soil Therapy Compost in a uniform manner making sure to cover the entire lawn.

Step 2
Using Soil Therapy Compost fill in any bald spots, low spots, holes or thinning areas. Apply grass seed or sod as needed.

Step 3
Water in thoroughly several days before your next mowing cycle.

 

Safety Tips

  • Make sure that you know the location of all underground utilities, when in doubt, "call you utility provider before you dig"
  • Wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for the project
  • Hoses should be stored properly after use to avoid tripping.
  • Lay rakes with the tines down.
  • Store all gardening supplies and tools in a locked, ventilated area that is out of a child's reach.
  • Take frequent stretch breaks, stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
  • Know your limits, ask for help for those task that are to heavy or to large to handle alone.
  • Keep a first-aid kit in your home and emergency medical numbers posted near your phone
  • When Mowing your lawn

  • Prepare lawn for mowing by removing sticks, limbs, rocks or other flying debris and children’s toys.
  • Start and refuel mowers outdoors, not in a garage or shed. Mowers should be refueled ONLY with the motor turned off and cool.
  • Make sure other people, especially children, are out of the area and remain out of the area.
  • Never leave a running mower unattended.
  • Remember, riding mowers aren't built for two