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Product Questions

Do you have to be a professional contractor or a landscaper to shop here?
I want to bring home 2 tons of pebbles, but there’s no way that will fit in my Prius.
There’s so much to choose from. Where do I begin?
Can I purchase small amounts from you?
What is the difference between the composts you carry?
What is the difference between mulch and compost?
So which should I use- mulch or compost?
What is the difference between compost and wood amendment?
What is difference between organic fertilizer and chemical fertilizer?
I see a large boulder I would like, how do I get it home and in place?
I have lots of questions, do you have staff who can help me?

 


Do you have to be a professional contractor or a landscaper to shop here?

It’s true that many professional contractors and landscapers count on Lyngso for one-stop shopping for their landscaping projects.  However, we are also open to the general public.  Homeowners and do-it-yourselfers have long enjoyed our wide selection of stones, soils and mulches.


I want to bring home 2 tons of pebbles, but there’s no way that will fit in my Prius.

No problem.  We rent trucks that hold up to 4 tons of material.  Our staff will gladly help you select and load whatever you need.  We also deliver materials to your home or jobsite.


There’s so much to choose from. Where do I begin?

It’s true, we do carry an enormous selection of bulk material.  Whatever item you need depends a lot on the project and your personal preference.  Some people start by going online to our products section and learning about the different materials.  Our website has photos and descriptions and also offers suggestions according to specific landscaping goal.

You’ll get a much deeper understanding, though, by simply coming to the Lyngso yard.   Our sales staff will discuss your project with you and help you determine exactly what and how much you need.

Once you’ve made your selection, we can load material onto your truck using our front end loader or forklift.  If you only need a small amount, we’ll supply you with some bags and a shovel and you can choose just how much you want.


Can I purchase small amounts from you?

Yes, although most of our products are sold by the ton or cubic yard, just about everything we sell can be purchased in smaller amounts.  Just fill up u-sack or weigh the product by the pound.


What is the difference between the composts you carry?

We carry several different composts, please look under product description for each information on each compost.  Some are made with animal manures.  Some are made with green waste.  However, none of them are chemical based.


What is the difference between mulch and compost?

Mulch is material that lies on top of the soil. Generally it is bark or wood chips or, in a natural setting, leaves and twigs. A 2-3 inch layer of mulch is a gardener’s best ally. It reduces weeds from germinating, shades the soil so it retains moisture, helps water penetrate the soil instead of running off, and protects the soil from erosion by wind.

Compost is another vital ingredient to the gardening landscape. It’s made by combining a variety of organic matter such as brown leaves, kitchen scraps, and other green waste. Over time, micro-organisms break down the material into a brown humus material loaded with life and nutrients. By adding compost to your soil you are adding life to your soil. This addition of soil biology feeds your plants naturally and keeps them vital and strong.

 


So which should I use- mulch or compost?

In your garden you will want to use both compost and mulch. The compost is used around the root zone of the plant. Spread a 1/4" to 1/2" layer of compost around your plants root zone in the fall and in the spring.  Keep it away from the base or crown of your plants.

You’ll then place a 1-2" layer of mulch on top. As with compost keep the mulch away from the base or crown of your plants.

By using both compost and mulch in tandem, over time the structure of your soil will change. It will open up and allow more water and air to penetrate into the soil. You’ll notice your plants becoming healthier and happier.


What is the difference between compost and wood amendment?

Wood amendment has not been composted.  We carry a couple wood fines products.  When mixed into soils, the wood breaks down over time.  This helps to open up soils so water and air can penetrate.  The drawback is that while the wood is being broken down by the micro-organisms nitrogen is not available for the plant so you will need to fertilize lightly with an organic fertilizer whenever you incorporate wood fines around the root zone of plants.


What is difference between organic fertilizer and chemical fertilizer?

Organic fertilizers are broken down over time by the micro organisms in the soil. With organic fertilizers you are feeding life in the soil and the life in the soil is feeding your plants. 

Chemical fertilizers, however,  feed your plant directly without need of the micro organisms.  Over time chemical fertilizers can damage soil structure by killing off the soil organisms.  To minimize damage to the microorganisms in the soil,  use fertilizers that do not exceed 10 in any ratio of NPK or apply in much smaller quantities.
 


I see a large boulder I would like, how do I get it home and in place?

We can deliver the boulder to your home and place it as long as our driver can get the forklift to the boulders new home.  When you are ready our staff can discuss our delivery and placement requirments and also offer advice and other options.


I have lots of questions, do you have staff who can help me?

We answer all questions that come to our website daily. 

You can schedule an appointment to meet with one of our team members at our place of busniess. 

We also hold weekly seminars on garden topics taught by local landscape contractors, designers and vendors.