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The Scoop on Potting Soil: Dos & Don'ts to Help Your Plants Thrive

As the winter chill fades, it’s a great time to get a jump on spring by creating your own container gardens to decorate the porch, patio or even your kitchen windowsill. Soil is the most important factor in successful container gardening. Standard garden soil is not suited for use in containers because it compacts easily and prevents proper aeration and drainage, causing plants to become stunted or even die. You must use a good potting mix instead – one that gives plants just the right combination of air, moisture, nutrition and support.

How to Choose Potting Soil

  • Do choose potting soil that is light and fluffy. It’s crucial that the soil provides enough air for growing roots to be able to breathe and not rot once you plant your container. Without enough air in the soil, plant roots usually have a hard time surviving.
  • Do look for the right ingredients. The best potting mixes don’t contain soil! Read the label on potting soil and look for quality ingredients such as aged bark (for moisture and fertilizer retention), perlite or vermiculite (to provide additional air space), lime (to neutralize acid) and sphagnum peat moss (to retain moisture and create air space).
  • Do fertilize your container plants. Some potting mixes are enhanced with a starter charge of fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer mixed into the soil. Keep in mind that a starter charge will last only two or three waterings and slow-release fertilizer will be depleted within the first month, so you will still need to fertilize the plants regularly.
  • Don’t use garden soil, topsoil or compost, no matter how rich it looks or how well it works in your garden. When put in a container, these materials will become too dense and choke plant roots. They may also contain weed seeds or fungus spores that can grow in your container.
  • Don’t purchase potting mixes containing pesticides if you are planting vegetables or herbs.
  • Don’t forget to water container plants frequently. The limited volume of soil makes it critical to keep the root system moist at all times.

Ready to Buy a Shed for Gardening?

LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® offers a unique collection of engineered wood building products designed specifically for use in sheds and other outdoor structures. An authorized LP shed dealer can help you incorporate our quality products into a garden shed that’s the perfect place for planting, storing and more. When you’re ready to buy a shed, locate a shed dealer near you to learn more.
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New Year, New Siding: Choosing Siding That Lasts

It's a new year-and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it's the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you're just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.

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How to Hang Items on Siding

As seasons change, you may find yourself wanting to add seasonal decor to your house. When considering mounting decorations or more functional assets such as lights to your home's exterior, you may be wondering how to hang items on siding. While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is engineered for longer-lasting durability, there are some key tips to keep in mind to protect your home's exterior when hanging items on engineered wood siding.

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas for 2021

While many homeowners focus their attention on interior holiday decor, giving your home's exterior a festive upgrade will ensure it's a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. We talked with lifestyle blogger Liz Marie Galvan to get her top outdoor holiday decorating tips.

Choosing a Color Scheme For Your Home Exterior

If you have decided to tackle a re-side project, you will be faced with the choice of your home's exterior color. While durability, workability and efficiency are all critical benefits to you as a homeowner, the most outward facing choice you will make during your building project is the color. Choosing the right color for your home can seem like a big task and with color decisions to make beyond siding, like trim and other exterior accessories, it can be difficult to determine what you want. We've compiled a list of siding color ideas to help you find the color scheme that's right for you.