Soil amendments for gardening

Soil amendments for gardening – Does gardening require soil amendments?

Yes, it does.  The soil in the southwest is poor.  We recommend Back To Earth Compost for planting trees, shrubs, and other larger outdoor plants.  We recommend using it at about half and half ratio.  Half native soil and the other Back to Earth compost. Why this ratio? Because it is rich in nitrogen and this element will burn the root system if applied at full strength.

BTE – Back To Earth Compost

Back to Earth compost cotton burr blend will improve your soil, it begins to work immediately, bringing back vital organic matter and humus to soils, regardless of soil conditions.


Organic Compost

A great way to grow a flowering or vegetable garden.  If contains aged steer manure and add organic materials to the soil.  It is a coarse material which helps with aeration and proper water retention.


Poultry compost

An organic way for gardeners to grow healthy plants and organic vegetables.  Can be used on lawns, vegetable gardens, flower beds, trees, and shrubs.


Top Soil

Should be used in container type plantings.  It contains lava sand, composted mulch, and forest compost.


Ultimate Potting Mix from Ferti-Lome.

Can be used for almost any type of gardening. Ideal for container or outdoor vegetable garden.  Top soil is basically good dirt.  You can use it to cover patches of grass that have died out.  Add grass seeds into the empty spot and apply topsoil.  Water thoroughly and your seeds should germinate in about 2 weeks.

The Ultimate Potting Mix is our all-purpose performer. Everything necessary to grow most indoor and outdoor plants can be found in this general purpose formula. The Ultimate Potting Mix is the mix that will work well for germinating seeds as well as hanging baskets.  Read more information on their website.  Fertilome website.


Cactus Mix

Use this potting soil for indoor succulents and outdoor cactus soil.  It encourages vigorous growth while ensuring aeration and drainage that most cacti, bromeliads, and succulents need to thrive.  Use it in containers for smaller type Yuccas and Agaves.


Black Gold Natural and Organic Potting Soil.  Enriched with earthworm castings, it contains a mix of peat moss and compost in addition to perlite and pumice to ensure good aeration.  More information on Black Gold natural and organic potting soils. 


Soil amendments for gardening

Color Your World and Guzman’s Greenhouse will normally have these soil amendments for gardening throughout the gardening season.  This includes the winter season.

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    • Lena Cuestas
    • February 22, 2016

    Hi Paul, just wondering when the best time to trim the trees and bushes. Sincerely Lena

      • Paul Guzman
      • February 22, 2016

      Thanks for submitting your question Lena. The best time to trim trees and bushes is in late fall. However you can also trim in early spring. Remember always trim if there is a good reason to do so.

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