How to save money when buying a new home
Garden soil is the ultimate investment, but it can cost you more than $100 a year in a single season, depending on the quality of the soil, soil type, and soil type of the property, according to a new study.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, the study from the University of Michigan and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) recommends buying organic soil and buying in bulk to save a lot of money.
“A large percentage of the garden soil you buy is probably not organic,” said lead author Jennifer Kelleher, associate professor of landscape architecture at Michigan.
“It may be produced in the United States, but you’re still paying for it to be grown in your backyard.”
In other words, you’re paying more than a few dollars per pound for a soil you probably won’t use for years.
The study, “Cost of Organic Lawn, Vegetable, and Lawn Soil: An Alternative to Landfill,” examined soil prices across a wide range of market sizes and found that organic lawn and vegetable soil has been found to have lower price tags than conventional lawn or vegetable soil, with prices in the low $20 to $50 range.
The researchers analyzed prices for organic soil in the Portland metro area, and found organic lawn, vegetable, and garden soil were selling for $4.60 to $5.60 per pound on average, with the average price per pound of organic soil hovering around $20 per pound.
Garden soil, on the other hand, had a price tag of around $40 per pound, while conventional lawn and garden soils were selling at $10.50 per pound or higher.
Organic lawn and soil is also known to have more vitamins and minerals, which makes it more environmentally friendly than conventional soil.
“You have to buy in bulk and buy in large quantities because you don’t know what the price is going to be for the year,” said Kellehre, who added that a good rule of thumb is to buy organic soil at least a month in advance of planting.
“And if you’re really lucky, you can save a ton of money on soil,” Kellehe said.
“Organic lawn and organic garden soil, I think, is a great way to save your investment.”
What’s organic soil?
Kellehel says organic soil has two basic ingredients: organic soil comes from a certified organic source, or COS or Certified Organic Soybean.
Kelleer said the certified organic Soybean comes from soybeans grown in North Carolina, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and India.
Certified organic soybeans come from Brazil, Chile, and Peru.
Organic soil is certified by the Organic Seed Growers of America (OSGA), an organization that certifies organic seed producers.
“Certified organic soil is made from soybean hulls and organic soil grown on the same land,” Kelles said.
Organic soybean comes mostly from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and organic corn comes from the U.S. Midwest.
Kellers research also looked at prices for various types of organic soils, including conventional, organic, and alternative.
“We’ve found that if you look at all of the different types of soil, the average cost per pound was $40,” Kells said.
Kells says you can find organic soil for a couple of different reasons: If you’ve got a large garden, you may want to buy a larger quantity than conventional or organic lawn or garden soil.
Organic grasslands in California are commonly available at $3 to $4 per pound per yard.
If organic lawn is your go-to, Kelleers recommends organic garden or vegetable lawn.
Killehre said organic lawn may be cheaper than organic soil, but organic garden and vegetable lawn can also be cheaper.
“In general, it is cheaper to buy garden or organic vegetable soil than it is to purchase garden soil,” said Kevin Kellehner, owner of The Green Lane Farm, a garden and landscaping company in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Keltner said if you don’s have a garden or landscaping business, you should check prices of different types and varieties of organic and conventional lawns, as well as organic vegetable and lawns.
“When it comes to garden or garden-related products, organic garden can be a cheaper option than organic lawn,” Keltners said.
However, if you want to plant vegetables in your own garden, organic lawns and garden vegetables are often cheaper.
Kilder said organic garden vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, squash, and kale, can be much cheaper than regular lawn.
“If you have a lot in the yard and you want it to have a little extra life, then organic garden vegetable soil is probably a better option,” Kilders said.
The cost of organic lawn goes up depending on soil type and