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Sheepdog1833
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Soil for new shrubs/trees?
What bagged soil mix and additives to use for new crape myrtles, sweet viburnums and little gem magnolias? Miracle grow, potting, garden soil, peat moss? Thanks.


CrawDude
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re: Soil for new shrubs/trees?
Garden Soil - which is composted forest products.

But return native soil (chopped/broken up) from the hole you dig to backfill the hole after the trees/shrubs are planted, and the top of the rootball should be several + inches above grade (lawn level). Then use the bagged garden soil to dress the area around the tree/shrubs, starting level with the rootball and sloping away.

If you have a truck and need a fair amount, you can buy the garden soil in bulk, 1 cubic yard (27 cubic feet) 1/2 yard or 1/3 yard of garden soil at just about any retail plant nursery at a much cheaper price per cubic foot.
This post was edited on 2/22 at 5:55 pm


PillageUrVillage
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Member since Mar 2011
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re: Soil for new shrubs/trees?
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If you have a truck and need a fair amount, you can buy the garden soil in bulk, 1 cubic yard (27 cubic feet) 1/2 yard or 1/3 yard of garden soil at just about any retail plant nursery at a much cheaper price per cubic foot.



This is the way to go. I buy it for $25 per half yard at my local garden center. Even with the cheapest, crappiest bagged soil from Lowe’s I’d pay almost double the price for a vastly inferior product.


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