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Need some loam but not by the yard? Bring your 5 gallon pail to Beaulieu Industries and we’ll fill it up for you for $5 a pail. Contact Beaulieu Industries of Maine for directions and a date and time. Bringing your own pail(s) is a must.

Loam and Topsoil for Sale by the Yard in Maine

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Located in Lewiston, Maine, Beaulieu Industries has loam for sale for the 2014 season. We offer delivery in and around Androscoggin county, or we’ll load you up if you’d rather come pick it up yourself.

Cost of Delivery

Delivery of loam in the Lewiston/Sabattus area is $16 per yard and $18 per yard for the Auburn/Poland area. If you come pick it up yourself we charge $12 a yard. For a complete price list of our materials, please click here.

We have loam for sale by the yard, or if you only need a few bucketfuls for your garden, we can supply that too. If you’re not sure how much loam you’ll need for your project, we’ll be happy to help you figure out how many yards you’ll need.

About Our Loam

Our loam doesn’t contain any fillers and is screened so it doesn’t contain any rocks or branches either. If you have a large project in Central Maine, we offer excavation services, which means we’ll not only deliver the loam, we’ll level it for you too.

How to Place an Order

Call Roger Beaulieu (240-4499) at Beaulieu Industries to place an order or contact us via email. We’ll set up a delivery/pick up date and time that’s convenient for you.

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Thinking about putting in a new lawn or garden? Then, in most cases, loam is the best topsoil to use. A healthy lawn requires fertile, well draining soil and most gardens prefer the same.

Why Loam is the Best Lawn and Garden Soil

  • Fertile
  • Drains Well
  • Retains Moisture
  • Made of Organic Ingredients
  • Anchors Roots Well
  • Workable
  • Easy to Till
  • Can be Amended

Topsoil for Sale in Lewiston, Maine

How to Tell if Loam is Good

Before shelling out money for loam, make sure you are getting exactly what you are paying for. The best loam is screened, and contains no fillers.

  • Dark in color
  • Has an earthy smell
  • Should not contain any fillers – some contractors mix loam with sand or other fillers
  • Should not contain rocks, sticks or other debris
  • Should fall through fingers

Note: Always check the soil requirements before doing any planting. Some vegetables and plants prefer a more sandy soil such as root vegetables. In the north, many flowers, trees and shrubs grow best in loamy soil.

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Ever driven by a home and seen a sign that reads “Clean Fill Wanted”? Ever wondered what that really means? There are 5 types of fill commonly used in construction from filling in gaping holes and evening out the landscape. Before posting your own “Clean Fill Wanted” sign or placing an order from your local construction company, learn about the different types and what they are best used for.

Types of Fill

  • Organic Topsoil
  • Inorganic Topsoil
  • Sand/Gravel
  • Rock Fill
  • Compost/Mulch/Manure

1. Organic Topsoil

Organic topsoil doesn’t contain any chemicals or other pollutants and has very few rocks and debris. This is the best type of fill for gardens and landscaping or filling in small holes and depressions.

2. Inorganic Topsoil

This type of fill does contain some amount of debris such as roots or stone. It’s not as nutritious as organic topsoil and is best used to fill in large holes and depressions. Do not order inorganic fill, clean or otherwise, for growing lawns and plants.

3. Sand/Gravel

Some fill comes in the form of sand, gravel or rock or a mix of the three. This type of fill shouldn’t be used for landscaping but works great for filling in large holes and leveling land. Most sand and gravel fill is hauled off of job sites and may contain rocks.

4. Rock Fill

Rock fill comes in the form of different sized rocks. This type of fill is great for filling in large areas and decorating the landscape. Use rock fill to build raised garden beds, borders and walls.

5. Compost/Mulch/Manure

This type of fill is made up of organic materials, is full of nutrients and great for gardens. It’s recommended for new gardens or those that need a heavy dose of fertilizer.

When placing an order for fill, make sure that it is “clean.” Clean fill doesn’t contain large rocks and other debris. To order clean fill in Central Maine, contact Beaulieu Industries of Lewiston to place your order. We’ll help you decide on which type of fill best suits your needs and calculate how much you need.

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Here in Maine we’ve had a lot of saturating rain this spring which has made those of us that sell topsoil groan. When topsoil such as loam is wet, it’s heavy and hard to work with. It’s a pain to deal with, so what can you do to speed the drying process along and make wet loam workable?

Tips for Working with Wet Loam

Spread it Out: Even if loam is wet, spread it out as much as possible in its designated areas. While a pile of wet loam may be too heavy to spread in its entirety, spreading a little at a time goes along way.

Each day, as the loam begins to dry, it gets lighter and another layer becomes workable. This process may take a few days but the work is well worth it the payout.

Till: Sometimes wet loam dries into clumps of all sizes. When the loam is almost dry, till it to work the clumps loose. This makes working the loam much easier.

Leaving wet loam in a pile to dry could take weeks to accomplish depending on the depth of the pile and the weather. So, give yourself a head start and level the pile in stages and then give it a good tilling.

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Sometimes garden soil or soil for new lawns is lacking in nutrients and needs an amendment. Without vital nutrients and healthy soil, plants and grasses can’t grow to their fullest potential. In order to determine if a soil amendment is needed and what needs to be added to the soil, a soil test needs to be taken.

What is a Soil Amendment?

A soil amendment improves the quality of the soil by adding organic or inorganic materials. The purpose of a soil amendment is to increase the amount of moisture and nutrients the soil obtains.

Soil Testing

Soil testing determines which nutrients are in the soil and which nutrients are lacking. Soil tests typically test for pH, nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, cation exchange capacity (CEC), and organic matter.

A soil test is taken by sampling 10 -15 different spots in the area where soil is suspected of needing amending. Using a trowel, remove 5 or 6 inches of soil per spot, removing any debris or thatch. Combine all samples into one container.

Most cooperative extension offices will run a soil amendment test at cost. Testing at home can be done with a soil test kit available through most extension offices and garden stores.

A soil test is important because it tells which type of amendment to add to the soil. Whether you choose an organic or inorganic soil amendment is up to you.

Organic Soil Amendments

Organic soil amendments do not contain any chemicals or man-made products. Examples of organic soil amendments are manure, grass clippings, compost, and peat. These usually contain plant nutrients and return moisture, air, and nutrient holding capacity to the soil.

Inorganic Soil Amendments

Inorganic soil amendments contain man-made products and are not always as healthy for the environment. These add nutrients to the soil, help it to retain moisture, and improve its texture. Inorganic soil amendments can be bought at garden centers and online.

When to Apply Soil Amendments

Fall is the best time of year to apply a soil amendment because nutrients have time to work their way into the soil before the next growing season. Amendments can be worked into the soil in the spring once the ground has dried a bit. Never walk on newly amended soil to avoid compaction.

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For those wondering how to prepare soil for a vegetable garden, this type of preparation can be done in as little as 3 steps including amending and tilling the soil and marking off rows.

How to Choose a New Site for a Vegetable Garden

To prepare a new site for a vegetable garden, it’s best to choose a location that receives the optimal amount of sunlight for your vegetable’s needs. During the course of a day watch certain areas of the yard where you want your vegetable garden to go.

How much sun are these areas receiving? Are they getting any shade? Look for obstacles that block the sun including existing trees and shrubbery as well as any structures. Prepare a new vegetable garden away from these obstacles if possible.

Soil Amendments

Preparing the soil for a vegetable garden may mean amending the soil. A soil amendment is when nutrients are added to the soil through organic or synthetic materials. The best type of soil to use in a vegetable garden is loam because it’s a mixture of different types of soils including decomposed organic material full of nutrients.

Remove Debris and Till and Level the Soil

Once the soil has been amended, remove any large rocks and other debris. This will make the tilling process easier. Next, till the soil until it is easily workable. Soil should be about the size of a small pebble. Then, using a rake spread the tilled soil so it’s even.

Mark Rows for Vegetables

Finally, plan where your vegetables are to be planted and mark off rows. Plant taller vegetables such as corn on the side of the garden that receives sun last to prevent it from shading other vegetables from the sun.

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