This September, I purchased 24 yards of organic ready to use garden soil from EZ Landscape Solutions in Pipe creek for $1000. Since they do not stock pile it, I had to trust that what the will give me is what they said it would be. I could not do any tests. I have purchased from before with a similar issue but since it was not as much $$ on my end, I told them there was a problem and fixed it myself. I only got a sorry.. This is the second time they have done this to me personally.
When I first received it, it looked heavy with wood chips, but if enough compost was mixed with it, it should be fine. Well I installed raised beds and put this soil into these beds. It is a in hoop/green house so my growing season could be longer. My garden practices are well thought out and I have been growing something most of my life. I even go by the Almanac to make sure that there is no unknown issues.
The seeds sprouted normally but right after they sprouted they stopped growing. Seeds can sprout in a totally non-soil and it does not need any nutrients until the seedlings are about a few days to a week old. BUT then they need food, they are hungry. As I was busy with life, I thought to myself.. boy these seeds are taking their sweet time to grow. Well, finally I took a better look and did a home test and found 0% nitrates. That is what makes things grow among other nutrients. I added some liquid “Has-to-grow” by Medina, but it still did not respond, So I called the “EZ landscape solutions” and told them there was a big problem. Their 1st answer was that “I AM THE ONLY ONE TO COMPLAIN” Sad that is what came out of her mouth.
I said “we should do a soil test” meaning I was wanting to work with them. The owner told me I could do a soil test if I wanted to, but there was nothing she would do and finally since she made it very clear she was not going to help me, I hung up.
I sent a sample to Texas A&M and they returned the results with 0% Nitrate and extremely low in Phosphate and high PH, also a issue.
I called the owner Nov. 15 2016 shortly after lunch and I told her the test results and I expected her to resolve this or I would take further action. She quickly told me she would hire a trial attorney. I guess she has never been down this road before.
The quickest and best way to get a customer is to help them fix a problem and fastest way to loose all your customers is to do the opposite. VERY SAD…
I guess the results will come out in court. What a waist of everyone’s time for just a little “compost”
I will also be doing a test for chemicals.. This will be very expensive..