PWD Planting Soil was originally developed by the Philadelphia Water Department as part of a large green infrastructure policy. The benefits of greening an urban environment are Nemours. Trees and plantings absorbe rain water, provide shade, animal and insect habitat, clean the air and beautify the landscape. PWD Planting Soil was designed for urban tree plantings and has since been adopted as a great all-purpose landscape soil. PWD requires blenders to certify their compliance of this mix twice a year. Laurel Valley Soils has been involved with the PWD Green Infrastructure program from inception and has been an approved supplier every year. The performance of this soil is extremely consistent, adhering to a specification which ingredients are blended to meet a very strict set of parameters. LVS PWD Planting Soil is a well-balanced loam soil with a rich dark brown color, is screened to a half inch, and is stored out of the elements in an expansive covered building. Because of our large scale infrastructure and state of the art equipment, we are able to stockpile inventories so that we can provide our soil year round to meet our customers’ needs, whether that be one truck load or a thousand truck loads.
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LVS PWD Planting Soil is a blend of our STA Certified Premium Compost, Native Soil and Coarse Sand.
LVS PWD Planting Soil is a manufactured soil with a rich dark brown color, is screened to 1/2″, and is finely textured. The mix ratio yields a loam, sandy loam soil classification with an adjusted pH of 6-7.2, an organic matter content of 3-7% by weight and a clay content below 20%.
LVS PWD Planting Soil is manufactured to maintain reliable quality, uniform consistency, and continual availability. It is a well-balanced loamy soil which is easy to work with. The loam texture and organic matter combine to create good aggregation, promoting ideal moisture holding capacity while the porosity allows for excess moisture to percolate through. This strong soil matrix also promotes deep rooting and resistance to compaction. The adjusted pH helps counterbalance the typical high/basic levels found in the urban planting environments. This soil also provides for most all plant nutrient requirements and beneficial soil biology for healthy disease resistance.
Benefits at a Glance
- Organic Matter
- Water Holding Capacity
- Improves Soil Structure and Porosity