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Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about gardening. Georgia is known for its tough clay and dense topsoil, but these elements are not ideal for gardening. The best time to loosen and condition the soil before planting is in the early spring. Proper soil preparation is the critical key to healthy plants, vegetables, or flowers.

Soil Conditioning Tips and Tricks

Our specialists at Green Landscape Supply offer these tips and tricks for getting your garden ready for planting.

1. Test Your Soil

The first thing you need to do is test your soil. Testing your soil will help you determine its nutrient content, pH levels, and texture. You can purchase a soil testing kit at Green Landscape Supply. Once you have your soil test results, you’ll know what amendments you need to add to make it more fertile.

2. Remove Debris

Before you start working on your soil, remove any debris, rocks or weeds that may be present. This will make it easier to work on your soil and will prevent weeds from growing in your garden.

3. Loosen Your Soil

Georgia has dense topsoil and clay that can be very compacted. Before planting, you need to loosen that soil. One way to do this is to use a rototiller. If you don’t have a rototiller, you can also use a garden fork or a spade. Loosening your soil will improve drainage and aeration, making it easier for roots to grow and plants to thrive.

4. Add Organic Matter

Adding organic matter to your soil is one of the most important things you can do to improve its fertility. Organic matter, such as compost, manure or leaf mold, will add essential nutrients to your soil, improve soil structure and increase soil microbial activity. You should add about 2-3 inches of organic matter to your soil and mix it well with a rototiller or a garden fork.

5. Add Fertilizer

In addition to organic matter, you may also need to add fertilizer to your soil. The type of fertilizer you use will depend on the nutrient content of your soil. If your soil is deficient in nitrogen, for example, you’ll need to add a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. One of our specialists at Green Landscape Supply in Buford or Norcross can help select the right product.


Consider Raised Beds

If you have heavy clay soil or poor drainage, you may want to consider using raised beds. Raised beds are an excellent way to improve soil drainage and aeration. You can build raised beds using wood, stone or concrete blocks. Fill your raised beds with a mixture of topsoil, compost and organic matter.

Atlanta, GA, Landscape Materials

Preparing your soil for spring gardening is essential for a successful growing season. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create a healthy, fertile soil that will provide your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive. Call or drop by either location of Green Landscape Supply near Atlanta for advice and assistance with all you need for springtime gardening and landscaping.

Posted on behalf of Green Landscape Supply

4548 Thompson Mill Rd
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 745-6980

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Monday: 8 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM–5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM–5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM–5 PM
Friday: 8 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–12 PM
Sunday: Closed
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  • Jon B.

    Wanted to add top dressing to my lawn and stopped by to get some basic facts before starting. The team was so helpful to answer my many questions and made me feel comfortable to move forward with project. Stopped by a few weeks later with a u-haul and was all loaded up and ready to go within 15 minutes. Very helpful and inviting team. I might have them deliver next time, seems it's much easier and it can be dropped off on my driveway in those huge plastic bags - wife likes that Idea, and keeps me from unloading the truck on my own

  • D. F. C.

    We undertook a major landscaping project spanning 2018-2019. It includes stabilizing a foundation wall, construction of retaining walls, redirecting drainage, raised flowerbeds, and completely redoing the lawn. It requires multiple truckloads of stone, sand, fill dirt and topsoil. We saved a few dollars, but more importantly, the quality of the products ordered were unequaled. It was the best experience in getting exactly what and how much we needed that we had in the 30Y we've been here.

  • Ben J.

    Holy Cow! Super fast and friendly service having some gravel delivered. Person taking order on phone and driver very friendly. Feel I got a very fair price on material as well. Will be back.

  • Joshua J.

    When every other landscaping nursery was out of sod these guys had it. Felt very much like a family business. Not a lot frills here, but none are needed for a landscaping business. For my next project I might just have to drive past the other 3 nurseries to get here.

  • Tessa H.

    The only place I will go from now on! John was very kind and so helpful! Even though my job was really small, I was treated with so much respect and personal care that I will not being going anywhere else for my landscape needs in the future. They have a massive selection and their customer service is outstanding.

  • Will M.

    Great service. Our yard looks spectacular. The neighbors are always asking where we get such high quality mulch. If you want a great quality mulch to enhance your yard be sure to visit for an excellent experience! Thanks Green Brothers!