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Conserve Water by Improving Your Soil Quality

Garden Soil vs. Potting Soil

It’s hot in Utah, and very dry right now. You’ve probably heard our news stories about lakes and reservoirs already sitting at alarmingly low levels. Pineview Reservoir is currently registering 18 feet below normal for this time of year, and Lake Powell is hitting historic lows. KSL News interviewed Riley Olsen with Weber Basin who says: “We had a quite bad snowpack, it wasn’t historic lows, but it definitely wasn’t good.” Because of the poor snowpack, soil moisture levels are not good either. Olsen explains that “when that snow’s melting, it’s just going straight into the ground. Not much of the melt is making it to the reservoirs.” Olsen’s advice for Utahns is “do everything can to conserve every drop.”

Utah has promoted wise watering for years, but are you doing your part to slow the flow and save H2O? Long, deep watering cycles (not daily) are better for your plants and lawn and our waterways. Also, try to water before 10am so roots can absorb the water before the hot sun peaks. If you’re already doing this, what else can you do? Well, that’s where we come in. The right soil and some good mulch can make a world of difference.

Boost Soil and Use Mulch

High quality soil is imperative to water conservation. You don’t want irrigation water and what little rain we get to run off and not be absorbed into the places you want. Quality soil allows for this absorption, going deep into the ground where the roots are taking hold. Deeper roots mean healthier plants and less watering. Reducing soil erosion and lessening the need for pesticides and fertilizer are also benefits to using a rich, quality soil. Incorporate organic compost with a premium blend of products, such as alfalfa, grain by-products, straw, and compressed steer manure to boost poor quality native soils and promote better water retention by loosening compacted soils.

Another great water-wise landscaping technique is the proper use of mulch. Organic mulch aids in the reduction of evaporation around your flowers and plants. Boost this with a drip system and you’ll be able to sleep better at night knowing you’re maximizing efforts to conserve in our desert community. Not only is mulch a beautiful topper, but when you apply 3 to 4 inches in your beds or gardens, it will help keep out weeds and retain moisture for those thirsty plants.

Some other quick tips to being water wise are to fix any leaks you see quickly, stay on top of weeding so water doesn’t go to unnecessary plants, adjust your mower to a higher setting to shade your grass and promote a deeper root system, and even wash your dog outside and close to flowers or an area that’s dry in your lawn—your dog will love the cool water during the summer, too.

Being water wise doesn’t mean you need to xeriscape your entire yard. With a few smart switches, you can have a beautiful, green, water wise yard all summer long. At The Dirt Bag, we sell the highest quality soil prep, organic composts, and mulch options to maximize your conservation efforts.

Spring is in Full Swing, but it’s Not Too Late to Plant!

Garden Soil Plus for Spring Planting from The Dirt Bag
Garden Soil Plus for Spring Flower & Garden Beds

Springtime in Utah is tricky, with drastic temperature changes sometimes every other day! It’s hard to know when it’s safe to plant your garden, but the rule of thumb for Northern Utah is everything should be good if planted after Mother’s Day. Although that was a couple of weeks ago, you’re not too late to get that garden started. If your seedlings are still growing in your window, it’s time to get them outside.

Prep Your Flower & Garden Beds

Spring cleaning is on everyone’s list this time of year. Sometimes it’s hard to make the outside of your home as big of a priority as the inside. But you’ll want to have those BBQs soon, which means you’ll also want your yard ready and beautiful. Prep your garden area now so you can plant your veggies and enjoy that homemade salsa at your party later this summer. Clean out the dead debris in your beds and garden and remove any leftover veggies that died throughout the winter. Raking up dead leaves and pulling out dead annuals will help with the new plants you want to grow this year. The prep work is never the fun work, but it’s necessary for creating a beautiful yard and for growing healthy vegetables. 

Boost Your Soil

After you have cleared out your yard and cleaned out your garden areas and flower beds, the next best thing is to prepare your soil to give your veggies and flowers a fresh and healthy start. Our organic mountain compost is on sale right now and is an excellent custom blend that is ideal for depleted native soils. It contains alfalfa, grain by-products, straw, black peat, forest hummus, and compressed steer manure for maximum yield. This perfected blend allows for reduced use of fertilizer and pesticides while stabilizing nutrients in the soil and increasing water retention. Remember, a high-quality compost such as ours is recommended to amend depleted, existing soil, not as a stand-alone planting mix. You can also use our compost on the surface of your bed to keep it looking beautiful and rich all summer. 

Another great option is our bagged garden soil plus. This premium soil is the best available and is perfect for your veggie garden, flower beds, or a planter box. Our soil is filled with helpful microbes that are crucial to plant growth and is 100% organic with no added fertilizers or chemicals. This soil is ready to go, meaning you can plant your vegetables and flowers directly into this healthy, rich soil to start your garden off right. 

A superior compost added to depleted soil is necessary for a good vegetable yield, and using high-quality soil is a must-have addition to any garden. Not sure what you need this year? Contact us today—our friendly, knowledgeable staff is at the ready to answer all your questions. We also deliver anywhere throughout the Salt Lake valley. We offer bagged products and bulk products, so any project you have in mind can be addressed with The Dirt Bag.