When you head to a home improvement super store, everything from the parking lot to the landscape section can seem large and overwhelming. Next time, instead of searching far and wide for someone to help you, head over to a landscape supply company, like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel, instead. Chances are pretty high that they are local, family-owned, and know exactly what you are going to need for your weekend project.
1. Topsoil: Every new garden project requires good topsoil. Whether you need topsoil, peat poss, compost, or manure, your local store should have everything you need in both bags, or if you prefer, delivered by truck.
2. Fertilizer: Most landscaping stores stock bags of the top-selling, name brand fertilizers, granule weed killers, and even grass seed. You will need a spreader to get even distribution in your yard. You can buy one, as they are inexpensive, or you can ask if the store has one that they rent out to customers.
3. Gravel: Most DIY weekend construction projects, from digging fence posts to building a deck, require gravel at some point in the building process. Not only does it help with drainage, but gravel gives a solid base to build your deck on. Gravel can be bought by the wheel barrel full or the truckload. If you aren't sure how much you will need, the team at the landscape supply shop can help.
4. Mulch: Wood mulch can be used to overwinter tender plants, cover unattractive garden beds in between seasons, and keep weeds at bay in the spring and summer. You can also special order wood chips made from recycled rubber tires. They decompose much slowly than mulch or wood chips, which makes them a great choice for below swing sets and trampolines.
5. Firewood: Whether you need a few pieces of wood for a weekend bonfire or several cords to make it through the winter, a landscape supply shop can help. Most have a supply on site and can deliver more with a few days' notice. Don't take it with you to any national or state parks, however, as most have a ban on firewood from outside the park due to invasive species issues.
6. Expert Advice: Many independently owned landscape supply stores employ a team of friendly and knowledgeable people that have worked in the industry for years. Plus, you don't have to hunt down half the store just to find them.
Head to your local landscape supply shop and say hello. Whether you need gravel or topsoil, they'd love to talk to you about your next project.