Great gardens start from the ground up, with soil being the most important component to achieving success. To build healthy soil in your garden, McDonald Garden Center recommends adding perlite, soil builder, Greenleaf fertilizer and root stimulator to the garden soil in Hampton Roads when planting. This mix specifically addresses the soil issues in our region as Virginia soil tends to be heavy and full of clay.
By adding soil amendments you can improve the soil and therefore the plants. Giving your garden the best foundation will make it healthier, more beautiful and less difficult to maintain later on. Before you plant, however, bring in a sample of your existing soil for a free analysis. A McDonald Garden Center Green Team member will test the ph level of your soil and make recommendations on adjusting the level for the specific plants you wish to install. You can also get planting recommendations based on the soil you have.
Building healthy soil is an ongoing process but by having a plan at the beginning, you set the path to success on creating a sustainable organic garden. Knowing which products work well in our area is half the battle, and luckily for you- that’s our speciality.
NATURAL & ORGANIC POTTING SOIL
Formulated with natural & organic materials to ensure high performance and reliability for Hampton Roads’ gardeners. Ideal to use in indoor and outdoor containers, hanging baskets and container-grown edibles.
ALL-PURPOSE POTTING SOIL
Formulated with high quality ingredients to ensure high performance and reliability for Hampton Roads’ gardeners. Ideal to use in indoor and outdoor containers, hanging baskets, pots and planters.
NATURAL & ORGANIC GARDEN COMPOST
Naturally rich, all-organic compost blend. Ideal to use in outdoor gardens, plant beds, raised veggie gardens and lawns.
Contains peat moss to enhance the condition of your soil. Ideal to use in planting, seeding, filling and leveling and building plant beds.
PREMIUM SOIL BUILDER
This soil amendment with mycorrhizae encourages growth from the soil up. Ideal to use when planting trees and shrubs, woody perennials and to amend soil.
Selection and quantity varies by location.