Soil & Fertilizer

Dump truck dumping gravel in a yard

Buying and Hauling Materials by the Cubic Yard FAQ

It’s usually pretty easy to eyeball bags of mulch, dirt, stone, and concrete and figure out how many you need for your project. But if you’re working on a larger scale, materials are often sold by the cubic yard. Read this article to find out how to buy and haul materials by the cubic yard.

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Pouring concrete for a slab

Cubic Yard Calculator

Cubic yards are used to measure materials ranging from concrete for a slab to mulch for your garden. A cubic yard is the volume of material which fits in a space one yard wide by one yard deep by one yard high. Find out how to calculate cubic yards, or use our handy cubic yard calculator.

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Bag of Water Storing Crystals from Miracle-Gro

Water Storing Crystals from Miracle-Gro Retain Plant Moisture

Potted plants on porches, patios, and decks can dry out quickly during the summer. When mixed into the soil of potted plants, Scotts Miracle-Gro Water Storing Crystals expand to store many times their weight in water, preventing potted plants from drying out as quickly. Watch this video to find out more.

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Tomato plants surrounded by straw mulch

Weed-Proofing a Vegetable Garden

After planting her garden, my grandmother would spread layers of old newspaper between the rows, topped with straw, to make a weed-suppressing barrier that still let moisture through. This year I decided to give her method a try myself. Read on to find out how I went about it.

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Wood mulch in foundation planting bed

Types of Mulch for Your Yard

Watch this video to find out about the many types of mulch that are available for your yard, including cypress mulch, red wood mulch, pine bark, and rubber mulch.

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Pouring fertilizer into a spreader

Choosing Fertilizer for Your Lawn or Garden

Watch this video to find out how to choose fertilizer for your lawn or other outdoor plants based on the ratio of nutrients, as well as when is the best time to apply fertilizer to your yard or garden.

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Condensation drain on air conditioner unit

Yard Drainage Solutions for AC Condensation Drain Runoff

Clayton asks, “My AC unit drains into the side yard. What can I do to keep the soil from becoming wet and boggy?”

There are several options available to solve your drainage problem, including rerouting the water and improving the soil. Read on to find out more.

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Compost pile next to tree

What Nutrients Can Be Found in Compost?

David asks, “What nutrients are in compost?”

Compost contains the full spectrum of plant nutrients, although the exact amounts vary from sample to sample. Read on to find out more.

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