Friday, October 21, 2011

San Diego sources for bulk soil, compost, mulch, etc

Home improvement stores and even groceries carry mulch, soil, and compost in bags. These amounts are fine if you are filling small pots or planters but is not the most economical when it comes to filling your raised garden beds or amending your backyard soil.

If you have a truck, you can get a full truckload for $12-$35, or even free, depending on where you go and what product you get. If you don't have a truck, bribe a friend that does! If that doesn't work, many of these places will also deliver, with a charge of around $70-$90 per load.

Don't forget to bring a tarp!

You are generally safe with using either top-soil or super soil , but these options are sometimes more expensive than compost. Compost will give you the most bang for your buck but you will need to mix this with existing soil and allow it to amend for 2 weeks before planting anything.

Here are some sources for buying bulk soil and compost products, by location. I have not been to everyone of these places but have had good experience at the once I have used. I have posted these sites to help you save money on soil ,and I am not responsible for any problems that you may have with any of these distributors.

Oceanside: El Corazon
3210 Oceanside Boulevard
Oceanside, CA
Hours: M-F 7:30a-5:00p
*certain products are free for Oceanside residents, with proof of residency

San Marcos: North County Supply
1450 Descanso Avenue
San Marcos, CA 92069
Hours: M-F 6:30a-5:00p

Carmel Valley: Evergreen Nursery
13650 Carmel Valley Rd
San Diego CA 92130
858-481-5649 (fax)
Hours: M-Th 7:30a-5:00p Spring/Summer

............M-Sa 7:30a-4:30p Fall/Winter

Miramar: Miramar Greenery
5180 Convoy St.
San Diego, CA 92111
858-694-7000 (for general information)
858-492-6100 (to confirm product availability and pricing)
Hours: M-F 7:00a-4:30p
............Sa ...7:30a-4:30p
............Su ...7:30a-4:30p
*some products are free for city residents, with proof of residency

El Cajon: San Diego Rock Supply
1931 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, CA 92019
619-441-0209 (fax)

El Cajon: San Diego
1998 E. Chase Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Monday - Friday 7:00 - 5:00
Saturday 7:30 - 3:00
 Phone 619 442-0574
Fax 619 442-0448

Many of these places will let you dump clean green waste and untreated lumber for a reasonable price. Nothing goes to waste - the greens become compost, the lumber becomes mulch.

One of several huge piles of sunflowers that were
going to be composted at El Corazon.

My thoughts
I have had excellent experience with El Corazon. You can dump green waste, untreated, natural wood, and asphault/concrete products. You can pick up nearly any kind of soil, compost, or mulch that you need as well.

North County Supply is slightly more expensive, but is closer to my home. I have purchased top-soil from them twice. It seemed to be a bit sandy and unfortunately, in one instance had bits of plastic in it.

I cannot attest to Miramar Greenery, SD Rock Supply, or Evergreen Nursery yet, Feel free to leave comments about you experience at these places.


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  9. Be careful getting it from the San Diego dump. They clearly state (at least when I was there a couple years ago) that they cannot guarantee that the mulch or compost may have plant disease in them. For my need, I didn't care. But for a garden it may be an issue.