Amending soil in a new flower bed

Asked October 10, 2017, 4:16 PM EDT

Hello, I’m having new flower beds created in my yard due to lack of room for all of my flowers. I’m having the sod cut and removed, which will leave a densely clay based earth underneath. Can you give me any recommendations of where the purchase good garden/topsoil in my area? I’ll need to amend the clay with a good mix for planting. Thank you, Andrea

Baltimore County Maryland soil flower beds amending

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It would be a good idea to till several inches of organic matter such as compost, leaf mold, or well rotted manure into the top six inches of soil. You can call around to topsoil/mulch suppliers for commercially available mixtures of compost or leaf compost. Whenever buying topsoil or organic matter in MD, it basically is 'buyer beware'. As far as compost, the only way to know exactly what you are putting in your garden is to make it yourself. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG%2035%20Backyard%2...

Here is our publication on preparing the soil for flower beds. Begin with a soil test
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG94_IPM_A...

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