Would you please give advice on how to begin an overall landscaping design and how to purchase soil?
I want to start planting perennials and some bushes and I need advice with:
1. Overall landscaping plan
2. What kind of soil to get delivered for the plants?
Abi Griffith, Horticulture Community Education Assistant
If you want to get topsoil, this can often be purchased by the cubic yard from a local nursery or landscaping business, which is much cheaper than buying it in bags. Since this is a long term investment, I would suggest reading Tips for Purchasing Soil for Gardens and Landscape Projects, since the quality can really vary. This walks you through everything to keep in mind, including how to get it tested if you need to. We suggest you order from someone in your area to keep delivery costs and minimums as low as possible. You could also check with your new neighbors as they may be able to split a load or even get recommendations (or warnings) from them as well.
Also refer to Native Plants – A Native Source List for suppliers and nurseries that may be helpful to you!