Monthly Archives: April 2022

Get the (Garden) Party Started

Get the (Garden) Party Started

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, we’re not talking about the Christmas holiday. Spring for us is the most exciting season because it means rebirth, regrowth, and new beginnings. Everything comes to life, and colors pop all around us. Get the party started off right with high quality products for your yard to make sure everything looks and grows its best all spring and summer long.

Soil and Compost

Our Garden Soil Plus product is a well-aged, compost-based soil that is full essential microbes for plant health. It’s perfect for vegetable gardens, planter boxes, and shrubs. This mix will start your garden off right and contains no added chemicals or fertilizers. Our Organic Mountain Compost is new and improved this year. It’s a high-quality, nutrient-rich compost that is amazing for topdressing plant beds. For soil amendments, mix one inch into every four inches of soil. This will help break down heavy soils and allow for roots to dig deep to access water and nutrients. For fill areas and laying sod, our basic topsoil is screed for large debris and is ready to go. Quality topsoil is the mark of a healthy lawn. Combine our topsoil with our sod for and you’ll have a swoon-worthy lawn in no time.

Landscaping Rocks

With a dry year ahead of us, consider using landscaping rocks throughout your yard to minimize watering needs. Landscape rocks can transform the design of a yard and is a beautiful way to add visual appeal. From full xeriscaping projects to walking pathways, we offer numerous rock options for every style preference and project. If you’re unsure how to use rocks as a design feature, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional staff with your questions. We love to help people with their landscaping visions.

Mulch and Bark

Mulch is a must do for many reasons. We offer a lovely dark brown mulch, bulk shredded bark, and playground wood chips. We consider mulch a personal helper in your garden. It aids in the retention of moisture (which is especially needed in Utah right now), repels pests such as gnats and ticks (especially if you opt for cedar or pine mulch), preserves soil nutrients, protects plant roots from extreme weather and erosion issues, and discourages weed growth. Mulch is a little miracle worker and can be used in a variety of ways. We offer a variety of colored wood mulch that contains environmentally friendly dye coloring. Our products look good for up to four years, bringing a well-groomed and maintained to your yard. For convenience, we offer delivery for many projects, and you can return our reusable bags for $5 refunds when they’re returned in good condition.

Start checking off your spring to-do list with a stop at The Dirt Bag to discover the many ways we can help you get your garden and yard projects completed beautifully. Keep your garden, flower beds, and lawn healthy and strong with our quality products. Happy spring!

Consider Water Wise Sod

Consider Water Wise Sod

This summer we’re likely to see major water restrictions for yard usage. Utah is in a “megadrought,” and some experts predict many areas of the Wasatch Front will be restricted to one lawn watering per week. It’s also possible that water districts may turn water on a little later this spring and turn it off a few weeks earlier in the fall. A Salt Lake Tribune article from March states: “The Bear, Weber, Provo-Jordan and Tooele Valley basins are looking especially bare, with snowpacks below 80% of normal according to the latest Water Supply Outlook Report by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Statewide, snow-water equivalent is at 82% of normal and February brought only 34% of its usual precipitation.” However, our precipitation is close to average for this time of year thanks to early-season storms in October and December. This may sound good, but according to the NRCS, Utah “will need an additional 13 inches beyond the historical water year averages to eke itself out of years of accumulated shortages.”

Many water districts and companies are offering money to rip out lawn from park strips to try and combat our drought. But, if you consider a Utah-native, water-wise sod, you don’t have to. Big box stores typically sell sod that is better for climates that receive more regular moisture. Not only will this take more water to maintain, but it also means more fertilization and more chances for pests and diseases. When you opt for grass that is grown in Utah just for Utah, you can be confident it will thrive in our climate without the need for a lot of additives and assistance to keep it healthy.

Utah’s unpredictable weather is tough on non-native grasses. The Dirt Bag’s specific blend of Kentucky Bluegrass varieties made just for Utah will not have the same problems that other grasses have here. Our sod is dense and resilient and provides a beautiful, immediate lawn to complete your yard project quickly. It stands up to high traffic and pests and diseases that are common in other lawns throughout the state. When you choose a sod that is engineering to not only survive but thrive on minimal amounts of water, you can enjoy that lush, soft grass all summer without stressing about the amount of water you need to keep it healthy.

With Utah’s reservoir storage at about 53% capacity, which is down about 14% from last year at this time, we’ll all need to make some extreme changes to our watering habits. Some stream flows are at 20% of normal, and the NRCS predicts a poor runoff season due to low snowpack.

If you’re putting in a lawn or want to make a change to your current non-native lawn, contact The Dirt Bag to get our Utah-native sod delivered to your door. Also visit us for quality soil products, play sand, mulch, compost, and fertilizer to make sure your yard looks beautiful all year long. If we all do our part to conserve water, we can keep our lawns lush and green even during a drought.