Commercial Landscaping Construction Pros Dish the Dirt on Excavated Soil

There are many aspects to commercial landscaping construction, including what to do with any organic material left behind by excavators. Unlike bagged soil, it cannot just be tossed around the property and used as new planting medium. This is true no matter how extensive the excavation was during the construction process. Here’s why:

Every region of our state is composed of a least five, distinct layers of soil. Some people also refer to them as horizons. One of the worst to deal with is pure bedrock. Understandably, it is best used for rip-rap perimeters, rugged walking paths and natural support walls. There are other problematic, soil layers too. For instance, there are several that contain clay, glacial fill, soluble salts and sediments from long dried up bodies of water. They tend to be inhospitable to many types of plants and tree roots.

Of course even inhospitable layers may be amended with decaying matter, minerals and such. The add-ons have the tendency to improve the soil to the point where it may sustain root systems for ground cover and other plants. Commercial landscaping construction professionals take this into consideration when fashioning design plans and cost estimates for their clients. Depending on the soil composition and amendment costs, some businesses prefer to go with container gardens or xeriscaping as opposed to traditional flower gardens.

Both may be accomplished with little amendments. For example, a xeriscape design may include few plants and more hardscapes or mulch beds. Soil amendment costs associated with container gardens, on the other hand, are often dependent on pot dimensions. Thus, they are more easily controlled than mixing large amounts of amendments in native soils that are exceptionally prone to natural erosion.

To discover other ways to make the most of excavated soil and lower commercial landscaping construction costs, please contact us today.