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For the better part of the last decade, Allen Smith has been the green-thumb go-to guy for all things Rogue Compost. From annuals and perennials to shrubs, trees, gardens, lawns and more. If you’ve got a question, odds are Allen has your answer. Here’s a sampling of the most-asked questions. Don’t see yours on the list? Ask Allen yourself!

I’m planting marigolds in my hanging baskets this year. What kind of potting soil should I use?

I’m planting marigolds in my hanging baskets this year. What kind of potting soil should I use?

I would recommend using our Growers Blend potting soil in your hanging baskets. It has good drainage, and will stay loose enough to allow proper root growth throughout the growing season.

My garden hasn't been producing very well the past few years. Any advice?

My garden hasn't been producing very well the past few years. Any advice?

It depends on the existing soil you have. If you have a heavy clay soil, try tilling our Medium Compost into it to help break it up while also adding nutrients. If you have soil that is somewhat loose and rich, our Fine Compost will add nutrients to your soil without adding extra bulk.

What should I put around my trees and shrubs before winter sets in?

What should I put around my trees and shrubs before winter sets in?

That depends on what you’re trying to accomplish — plant growth or weed control? Our Fine Compost will boost plant and tree growth, but because it’s all natural, the weeds will benefit too — so you have to be vigilant about pulling the weeds. Our Red and Brown Bark Mulch will slow weed growth, while also helping to protect the plants roots. I put down a layer of fine compost, then cover it with 4” of red bark to provide nutrients to the trees while keeping out the weeds.

I’m building a new house and I need dirt for a yard. What do you recommend?

I’m building a new house and I need dirt for a yard. What do you recommend?

You’ll want to use our Medium Compost. It’s our most cost-effective option that was designed to be tilled into poor soil. It’s not as clean as our Fine Compost and wasn’t designed to be used as a top dressing, but it has all the same nutrients for great plant growth — plus organic matter to improve the health of the soil.

I’m planting flowering plants into my raised garden boxes this year. What should I fill the raised beds with?

I’m planting flowering plants into my raised garden boxes this year. What should I fill the raised beds with?

If you’re planting flowers and vegetables, you’ll be happy with our Growers Blend potting soil. It’s an affordable potting soil designed specifically for fruits and vegetables. If you’re looking for extreme growth in larger flowering plants, you’ll want to look at our Growers Blend Extreme potting soil. Both have shown great results in our test garden.

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