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Re: Berms

Jim, what's a 'rooted ripout'?

A certified grade is what you really want, if it can be found - not
everyplace has soil companies who can or do certify...but it's about
the best way to get what you think you're getting:-)

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> From: Island Jim <jsinger@igc.org>
> right about top soil being all over the place.
> if you buy it bagged from home depot or other mass retailer around
> you get florida muck--it's got some sand in it [everything in
florida has 
> some sand in it, even our morning coffee] but not enough to lighten
it up. 
> if you buy bulk top soil, you may or may not get good stuff. at our

> nursery, we recycle a lot of top soil; that is, we run all rooted
> through a shaker to shake loose the soil off the roots.
> it does not produce enough top soil for our needs, of course, so we
buy in 
> a lot, also. but top soil, like every other nursery product in
florida, has 
> certified grades. and grade a top soil is really nice stuff--a
mixture of 
> sand and humus that will aid and abet the growth of anything. it's
> expensive at $22 a yard [fill dirt is $10] plus another $40 per
man-hour to 
> install and grade.

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