Friday, March 30, 2012

Softball Field Project with Miracle-Gro Expand 'n Gro

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Hey there!  I have to tell you what I’ve been doing this past week…It’s officially softball season, and if you’ve been a reader here, you’re aware that I coach high school softball.  It’s great because about by the time the season is over-the yard sales, and furniture painting projects will be in full-swing.

Since the softball girls are on spring break, typically every year I take on a new project to make the field look a little better.  If you have a huge yard-you can relate- this is no easy “feat”.  Two years ago, I put in a warning track.  It’s a little smaller than I’d prefer, so after the season is over, we will be widening it.  Also, our dugouts need new roofs, and my wonderful daddy has volunteered to do that (of course with my help).  BUT…I did manage to get a ginormous project finished this week.  I had a giant pile of ag-lime moved from behind our bull-pen and dispersed around various low spots in the field.  Where the ag-lime pile was, I decided to do some scape-art.  I used pavers I bought at Lowe’s and made a “wall” on the back-side of the fence, put down weed-barrier, a load of fill-dirt, Expand ‘n Gro™, flowers, planted a bush, and mulched it.  The awesome part?  The flowers are planted in a “CC”.  Our school is Central Catholic and we go by “CC”…so I can’t wait for the girls to get back.  I’ll post finished pictures next week.  Some of my players read my blog, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Here's a "preview"....


Since I’m not posting pics of the finished product until the girls get to see it, I have decided to tell you a little about the Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix.  I was asked to write a little review of the product, so of course, since I LOVE it, I said YES!!  First, let me remind you…I had to build a “mound”….well I only got so much fill-dirt, and thank goodness for this Miracle-Gro.  I mixed it with a little water and expanded to almost 3X its original size.  It gave much needed height!  Also-it feeds my flowers for up to 6 months-way more convenient for me since after the season, I won’t remember to “feed” anything but the monsters, Mr. A2B, and myself.  While it’s feeding my flowers, it will also retain up to 50% more moisture than typical potting soils.  Again…much more convenient-less time spent watering everything! It’s also supposed to boost the flower production.  I’m anxiously awaiting these results because so long as it does what it’s supposed to do, our “CC” will be full and even more beautiful.

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Since I used the Expand ‘n Gro, I didn’t need to use any other top soil or potting soil like I was going to because it is supposed to improve the soil for multiple years.  Again, this made the project much easier for me.  I’d highly recommend this if you’re looking to make any project easier, get more “dirt for your buck” and save some money.  If you had to buy fertilizer, top soil, potting soil, and feed,, your project would end up costing much more.  It’s an easy way to prep your garden, planters, and flower beds. 

Watch this video and learn a little more about it if you're not convinced...

I can't wait to post an updated picture of this project!  It looks awesome!





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  1. i am going to try this! I spend so much money on fertilizer it would be great to spend less on dirt and more on flowers! keep trying other products so I don't have to. And I can't wait to see the finished project!

  2. You do many things I don't know how you do it! This will help me since I am on a budget I can buy more plants and less dirt! Thanks for the info!


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