Garden Soil or Compost: Which Is Best for Your Flower Beds?

Should you plant flowers in premium garden soil, or do you need compost?

For beautiful, flourishing flower beds, you need the right growing medium. And the decision on whether to use high-quality potting mix or whether to opt for compost depends upon the quality of the soil already in your planting beds and your gardening priorities.

As a general rule, going with garden soil saves you time, while using compost allows for greater flexibility. To help you decide which is best for your flower beds, take a look at what each product has to offer.

Garden soil and compost delivery in Salt Lake City

Garden Soil

Bagged and bulk potting soil is a ready-to-use growing medium, typically made from a blend of nutrient-rich loam and aged compost. Most suppliers of premium soil – including The Dirt Bag — screen the mixture to ensure the best consistency and perform tests to achieve optimal soil composition.

Garden soil can be a great option if your planting beds currently have sandy or heavy clay soil. Simply add the premium potting mix and plant your flowers, and you will get your garden off to the right start


Premium organic compost – which is what we offer here at The Dirt Bag – is made from a custom blend of plant waste, steer manure, black peat, forest hummus and other decomposed organic matter. Available in bags and in bulk, compost improves the quality of native soil by promoting better water and nutrient retention.

Some gardeners prefer to have a specific compost-to-soil ratio in their flower beds – and if that’s the case for you, buying organic compost and working into your existing soil may be the best approach. This does, however, take more time and effort than planting in premium garden soil.

Though no-till compost methods can be effective if your current planting bed soil is of decent quality and consistency, soils with poor structure – like those with too much sand or clay, which are common in Utah – benefit more with compost worked in.

Deciding Between Garden Soil and Compost

To determine what growing medium to use in your flower beds, you need to consider your gardening priorities.

If you want a quick, ready-to-use growing medium that can help your flowers thrive, plant them in high-quality potting mix. Using premium soil is faster and easier than adding compost to your planting beds.

On the other hand, if you enjoy hands-on gardening and would rather have complete control over the composition and consistency of your growing medium, compost is probably the right choice for you.

Either way, The Dirt Bag has exactly what you need. Our high-quality bagged and bulk potting mix and organic compost come with affordable prices, and our friendly, knowledgeable team is always happy to answer questions and offer advice.

As leading northern Utah landscape material supplier, The Dirt Bag understands how to create a healthy environment that allows for beautiful flower beds. For help exploring your growing medium options, or to schedule delivery of our bagged or bulk garden soil or organic compost, contact or West Jordan office today.