Compost

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  1. Brian1985

    Brian1985 Seedling

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    Hey guys just bought a new house in Omaha Nebraska and setting up a garden. The area I’m setting it up in had a bunch of saplings weeds stuff like that growing up. It had a dead evergreen tree that we cut down and had the stump ground out. I have a feeling the soil their is junk. I was going to bring in some topsoil and compost mix. Just wondering what the going rate is for that? The place I found wants 43.95 a cubic yard. Seems steep to me. Is a two inch depth deep enough? I was going to add some leaves this fall also. Should I dig those into the topsoil and compost mix? Thanks.
     
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    Dirtmechanic In Flower

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    You will have enough to do just clearing the soil and roots. I would be lazy and kill it, then bring in 6 inches of composting materials and let it sit moist until next year. Maybe by then some of the roots in the ground will have softened up.

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    Before you buy compost,, check with your city office ! Many larger towns have their own composting system for all the brush and leaves people rake in the fall ! If they do you would be getting last years compost ! Then just work all onto the soil as well as you can ! If you know someone with a tiller ! See if they will till the garden area to about 6 inches deep ! That will help and will allow the compost to blend with the native soil ! That price sound a bit steep to me too ! You might also consider buying it by the 40 or 50 lb bag at your garden center ! This time of year most are trying to reduce the inventory and it may be on sale ! I can buy top soil or compost for about $4.00 for 40 lbs ! My garden center is a small locally owned place ! Have not checked Lowes or Wal Mart !
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Brian, before you add anything I would suggest that you test the soil in the location where your garden will be. Test the pH as well as what kind and how much trace elements are there already. You can buy a kit and do it yourself or send a sample away for analysis. There are members on here that can direct you further ith this.

    Welcome nd here’s wishing you every success with your new garden.
     

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