Prepping Soil Organically


When to Prep your Rocklin Landscape

  • Once it is dry: This means that when your landscape and soil are dry, not bone-dry but not slick, you will want to begin prepping soil for planting. This time of year is usually too wet but because of this season drought you can get an earlier start on planting and begin on your Roseville backyard as soon as today.
  • Aerated- The lawn needs to have plenty of air pockets because this leaves room for weaker roots to grow and become stronger roots that can break into the more compact soil beneath. It is so important for any landscape plants in your Sacramento home to have lots of air to get solid roots into the ground.
  • Test it: To test your soil pick up a handful and when it falls apart easily and when it isn’t slick that is when your soil is prepared and ready to grow your new California native plants.



  • Loosened like landslide- Ancient Greeks used to cultivate their gardens in the soil of a landslide because it was naturally stirred up. When you go to work on your Citrus Heights landscaping, remember to plant in places that are very mulled up and prepared to work well.
  • Same texture on top- When it comes to the texture for your Roseville garden you will want the top six inches of soil to be all the same texture. Even deeper if possible. This allows for all your plants to g row at the same rate and growth. Otherwise, you may have plants growing very unevenly.
  • Digging and tilling- To get the right texture you will want to either double dig or till the planting area. This allows for your soil nutrients to be redistributed so that they can work well together. It is an ideal way for any landscape design to be prepared for new drought resistant plants as well as save you time on prep.


  • Bacteria- There are all sorts of microorganisms that make their home in your Sacramento landscape. To keep them alive you will want to continuously add living organic matter like compost to add more sustenance to your Roseville yard.
  • Compost- Once everything is prepped, add one inch of compost over the entire landscaping area in order for the soil beneath to absorb and use all the vital nutrients underneath. This also keeps heat in underneath the compost to protect seeds and microorganism from any unexpected weather.

Organic Fertilizers:

When it comes to using fertilizer, organic is generally best unless you are dealing with extremely dead soil or long term issues. The organic fertilizers can be used to prep your landscape with organic material and waste from your home. They feed the bacteria and the soil in order to give your plants lots of extra life.

  • Homemade:
    • Compost- eggshells, manure, compost
    • COF – ashes, soft phosphate, bonemeal
    • Keep it sparse- too much brings bacteria
    • Storebought

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