Topsoil & Mulch

Add color, texture & definition to your home’s landscape

We sell screened topsoil taken from surrounding counties around Richmond, Virginia. We also carry organic compost and amended soil (50% topsoil and 50% compost), which are other perfect alternatives for gardens and flower beds. We have double-shredded hardwood mulch and pine mulch, as well as black, brown and red dyed mulch, too.

Screened topsoil keeps in the nutrients that plants love and removes problematic debris. The loosening of this nutrient rich soil is the perfect choice for gardens, plants, and lawns but it’s also used for proper grading of residential homes. Organic compost is chemical free and rich in nutrients. The (50% topsoil and 50% compost) amended soil improves the drainage capabilities, nutrient levels, and pH levels for a consistency so plants and grass will thrive.

Our mulching products are biodegradable, and are also not treated with chemicals, making it safe for your family and pets. Check out our resources. Mulch FAQs page and Info and Tips on Mulch page will help you understand how much mulch is needed to create the depth you desire as well as the advantages of pine mulch compared to hardwood mulch. Also, if you are in need of mulching materials for your playground, try our certified playground material or just the basic wood chips. Our project estimation guide will help you determine the quantity you will need.

Pete Rose products are the finest quality available in the Richmond area. Landscape contractors rely on the superior quality of our products to keep their businesses flourishing. Homeowners love the rich colors of our mulches and trust our landscaping products to be clean and safe to put around their homes.

Best of all, it’s cheaper than buying bags at the big box stores.

Info & Tips on Mulch

Mulch is a simple and inexpensive way to enhance the appearance of your property and benefit your shrubs, trees and flowers as well.

Benefits of mulch:

  • Erosion protection
  • Conserves moisture
  • Protects roots from temperature extremes
  • Inhibits weed growth
  • Nourishes and enriches soil as it decomposes

As mulch decomposes, the resulting organic matter replenishes nutrients in the soil beneath it. This also helps keep the soil loose, improves root health and increases the soil’s water retention. Mulch provides a polished, finished appearance and a distinctive contrast to the green areas of your yard. It also helps delineate flower beds, shrubs and trees. Most people apply mulch in the spring and fall. The refreshed mulch beds protect the roots of plants from the heat of summer and freezing in winter. Which type of mulch you use depends on your plants and the aesthetic appeal you’re striving for. All of the mulch sold by Pete Rose, Inc. is double-shredded.

Pine Mulch: Comes from the bark of pine trees. Pine mulch can be used in the same way as hardwood mulch. This mulch is particularly well-suited for areas that have acid-loving plants, such as azaleas and rhododendrons. The higher acidity of the bark replaces what these plants deplete from the soil.

Color-enhanced Mulch: We carry three colors of hardwood mulch: black, brown and red. They are double-shredded and the dyes are eco-friendly so they won’t harm your children, pets or plants. These color-enhanced mulches last at least twice as long as standard hardwood mulch because there is more of the pulp and roots of the tree shredded along with the bark. These mulches will decompose and enrich the soil like the others, but at a slower rate since it is a more substantial product. Standard application of mulch is two inches deep. This allows adequate coverage and protection, although it can be laid down thicker.

Compost

We’ve had many requests for mushroom compost over the years. We are pleased to announce that we have added this to our extensive list of landscape products. With that in mind, we’d like to share some information about mushroom compost to help you make an informed decision about your purchase.

Mushroom compost also is frequently referred to as “mushroom substrate,” “mushroom soil,” and “spent mushroom compost.” It is comprised of a variety of material including wheat straw, peat moss, corncobs and lime, among other ingredients. Prior to use, the materials are composted for several weeks and then sterilized before being transferred to growing trays. Mushrooms are then planted in the compost. After the mushrooms are harvested, the compost is pasteurized with steam to kill any insects, pathogens or mushroom remnants.

The combination of ingredients in mushroom compost provides a multitude of plant benefits, and since it has been thoroughly cleaned twice, your plants have a perfect environment in which to grow.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to mushroom compost:

  • You don’t have to worry about contaminating your flower beds or gardens.
  • Mushroom compost has a slight odor when it is first applied. Don’t be concerned – this is good. The decomposition of the ingredients is what provides the nutrients to your soil. The odor will dissipate quickly.
  • Do not plant directly into mushroom compost. It is too strong for this type of application. Use it as a top dressing on plants with an established root system.
  • Mushroom compost may inhibit the spread of “artillery fungi” that occasionally appear in gardens and flower beds. Studies at Penn State University show that mushroom compost can act as an organic bio-control agent that suppresses various undesirable fungi in landscaped areas.

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