Soils & Mulches
Our soils make the difference…
People ask how our plants out-perform those from other places and always seem to last longer and stay healthier.
The reason is quite simple.
Over 51 years in the industry, we’ve tried a lot of mixes from all over the country. And we’re very picky about the soil Four Season’s grows plants in. The size of our hanging baskets alone should prove that. We go through about 2 tractor trailer loads of soil per year, so what we have has to be good!
Most of our annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables grow in “soilless mixes”. The contain only peat moss with various additives.
We don’t grow in a mix that contains polymers or fertilizers already mixed in, and that’s for a good reason. If the soil comes pre-mixed, it is virtually impossible to control the ratios of what’s in the potting mix. This results in a variety of problems, including the plants burning from too “hot” a mixture.
The solution? We add our own, depending on what is going to be planted in that soil. We add polymers to all of our containers and hanging baskets to help them retain water. This makes it easier for you to care for them once you take them home. Fertilizer is controlled through our watering process.
Four Seasons Private Label
Vic’s search for the best soil mix has resulted in our own private labeled potting mix, sold in a 2 cubic foot manageable size for the homeowner (or even smaller bags for smaller projects). If you like the way our plants look, now you can use what we use in your home garden.
While it is tempting to purchase inexpensive, chain store mixes, your plants will know the difference.
Mulches are almost mandatory in this part of the world and the addition of a little mulch in your garden can reap a multitude of benefits. First, mulch will help to keep the weeds at bay. Mulch also helps to retain moisture which is so important in our area.
Four Seasons Compost
Four Seasons Compost is a great addition to any garden! This is the composted remains of much of our production, so you are getting great material for your home flower or vegetable garden.
Back to Earth
Back to Earth is probably the best thing you can add to your garden, or when planting a new tree or shrub. It is an acidified cotton boll compost which works to break down our heavy clay soils, and also adds organic matter back into the soil here.
Be careful though – much of the Back to Earth now being sold is a blend of 25% Back to Earth and 75% bark. Although it is less expensive, it will not perform the same way the original does.
At Four Seasons, we still believe the extra work that goes into finding, using, and selling the very best soil we can, makes a big difference in the performance of each plant you take home to enjoy.
Start with a great soil, great plants, add fertilizer and TLC, and it all works together to create the most spectacular plants for your home, garden, and landscape.