Soil & Amendments

Great Gardens Start From the Ground Up.

Soil is arguably the most important component in a successful garden. To build healthy soil in your garden, we recommend adding perlite, McDonald compost, and root stimulator to the soil in Hampton Roads when planting. This mix specifically addresses the soil issues in our region. Hampton Roads soil tends to be heavy and full of clay. By adding soil amendments, you can improve the soil and therefore the plants. Giving your garden the best foundation will make it healthier, more beautiful and less difficult to maintain later on. Before you plant, however, bring in a sample of your existing soil for a free analysis. A McDonald Garden Center expert will test the ph level of your soil and make recommendations on adjusting the level for the specific plants you wish to install. You can also get planting recommendations based on the soil you have.

Building healthy soil is an ongoing process. By making healthy soil a focus at the start of making a garden, you will have a head start on creating a sustainable organic garden.

We offer several products specifically formulated for Hampton Roads to ensure your gardening success.

Natural & Organic Potting Soil: Formulated with natural & organic materials to ensure high performance and reliability for Hampton Roads’ gardeners. Ideal to use in indoor and outdoor containers, hanging baskets and container grown edibles.

All-Purpose Potting Soil: Formulated with high quality ingredients to ensure high performance and reliability for Hampton Roads’ gardeners. Ideal to use in indoor and outdoor containers, hanging baskets, pots and planters.

Natural & Organic Garden Compost: Naturally rich, all organic compost blend. Ideal to use in outdoor gardens, plant beds, raised veggie gardens and lawns.

Premium Topsoil: Contains peat moss to enhance the condition of your soil. Ideal to use in planting, seeding, filling and leveling and building plant beds.

Premium Soil Builder: This soil amendment with Mycrorhizea encourages growth from the soil up. Ideal to use when planting trees and shrubs, woody perennials and to amend soil.

Selection and quantity varies by location.