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Always Green, Inc.
192 Poor Farm Road
Coventry, RI 02816
Always Green, Inc. is a locally owned and operated hydro seeding company servicing all of Rhode Island. Since 2004 we have been providing hydro- seeding and erosion control services for residential and commercial properties. We specialize in planting quality home lawns for a fraction of the cost of sod.
In addition to our hydro seed and erosion control products, we continue to add additional services for all your landscape and lawn care needs. Explore our site to see all our products and services we offer.
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We choose the best quality loam & topsoil we can find when we install new lawns. Here are some tips on what to look for:
When choosing a local material supplier for topsoil or screened loam it is important to remember that this is your only chance to give your new lawn a healthy base. Rhode Island has several contractors and retailers that sell dirt. Free Delivery does not always mean you are getting the best materials.
We recommend asking your local nursery or garden center who they would recommend for rich fertile topsoil or loam for the establishment of a new lawn,
What to Look For
Before you buy any dirt it is a good idea to visually inspect the stockpiled soil. It should be free of trash and other debris. Screened topsoil should be completely free of rock fragments greater than 1/2 of an inch in diameter.
Organic Matter: Loam should contain at least 2% organic matter but no more than about 10%. Organic matter is an important component of topsoils. It contributes to the capacity of soils to hold water and nutrients and tends to improve soil aggregation which makes soils more porous. This results in excess water draining away more readily and facilitates the flow of air to plants roots. Organic matter also tends to make soils easier to till. Too much organic matter, however, may result in a soil that is subject to compaction during the installation phase or afterwards as a result of normal foot traffic.
When buying topsoil, a preconceived notion is the darker, the better. While an increase in darkness is often associated with an increase in organic matter, soils which are very dark and grayish may have been dredged from wetland areas. These soils often are very acidic and poorly structured. They “evolved” under wet conditions and may not respond well when placed in a well-aerated environment. Avoid them.
It is usually unrealistic to believe that purchased topsoil will require no amendments. Lime and fertilizer are frequently necessary. The addition of organic matter can greatly improve the soil’s physical condition. Two or three inches of organic matter tilled to a depth of 6 to 8 inches is a typical recommendation for topsoils low in organic matter. Sources of organic matter include screened compost, peat moss, manure, leaf-mold, rotted sawdust and cover crops. The characteristics of each of these must be considered before use. Mushroom composts, for instance, should be checked for high soluble salt levels. Although it is tempting to add sand to a “heavy” soil, adding organic matter will ultimately give the best results.
Few companies selling loam have it tested before it is sold. One may want to have a soil test performed to determine its lime and fertilizer requirements and to assess its texture. If one plans to grow vegetables in the purchased soil, it may be wise to check the levels of heavy metals such as lead. Due to the high cost, testing for contaminants such as gasoline, oil or pesticides is rare.
Screened Loam Delivery and Prices in Rhode Island.
Screened Loam Delivery and Prices in Rhode Island.
Texture: Soil texture greatly affects the suitability of topsoil. Sands should be avoided because they almost always have a low water- and nutrient-holding capacity. Clays, sandy clays, silty clays and silts should be avoided because they tend to be difficult to cultivate (cloddy) and insufficiently permeable to water and air. In other words, they tend to stay wet too long after a rain, which prevents air from reaching the grass roots. Soil textures that may be suitable for topsoil include loamy sands, sandy loams (including fine sandy loams), loams, silt loams, silty clay loams, clay loams and sandy clay loams. Loamy sands have the disadvantage of having a relatively low water-holding capacity but are generally easier to till. Because they tend to resist compaction, loamy sands may be preferred in areas subject to traffic or other conditions that may result in soil compaction.
Silty clay loams, sandy clay loams and clay loams are suitable but tend to be somewhat difficult to till, may compact somewhat and may not supply plant roots with enough air. Perhaps the ideal textures for topsoils are sandy loams and fine sandy loams. These texture classes tend to have the optimum trade off between water-holding capacity and soil aeration (and soil tilth). Loams and silt loams are equally desirable assuming that no more than 4 inches of topsoil will be applied and that the topsoil will not be artificially compacted or subject to heavy traffic.