Best Dirt, August 2013
Not all dirt is created equal, no matter what your mow-and-blow gardener tells you. Cal Blend Soils has long been the go-to source for landscape designers making over posh estates, but it's happy to offer mounds of fertile earth for the casual DIY-er. Whether it's supplying the ideal filler for patio pots or producing a custom formula to correct your own soil's deficiencies, no job is too small. In addition to its just-for-you mixes, the Irwindale company sells organic compost, mulch, and seed covers. Owner Mike McKain knows all of Mother Earth's secrets. The downside: You might just dig up your whole yard.