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Big Yellow Bag soil is expensive and full of weeds

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Big Yellow Bag soil is expensive and full of weeds

I bought a load of garden soil from Big Yellow Bag in Ottawa and was disappointed to find it was full of weeds and also you don't get a very large amount of soil for the amount of money you pay for it. Sure you get a cute yellow bag but it isn't worth almost $150. You can do better getting soil from traditional sources or better yet getting a truck and picking up your own.
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Much better to just buy from a garden center. Depending where you are it is ~$25 /cuyd for triple mix or $15/cuyd for top soil. Delivery is usually around $50-70 depending on how much you get (size of truck needed).
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b33zlebub wrote: ^^ Do you have to be a Halton Hill resident to get the free compost?
Says free for Halton region residents so probably need to show some kind of ID to prove you live in the region.
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Peel Region charges for its compost.
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ykzflyer wrote: Says free for Halton region residents so probably need to show some kind of ID to prove you live in the region.
Yes, drivers licence or utility bill.
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b33zlebub wrote: ^^ Do you have to be a Halton Hill resident to get the free compost?
Its not just for Halton Hills.. Its if you live in the Region of Halton.. ..

Burlington, Oakville, Milton.. Halton Hill's pretty much.. I dont know the actual borders..
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I think all bulk soil is a gamble with regards weeds/weed seeds, especially the ones run by municipalities.

Reason being, people throw their pulled weeds with flowers/seeds and all in with other materials destined to be composted.
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gh05t wrote: I think all bulk soil is a gamble with regards weeds/weed seeds, especially the ones run by municipalities.

Reason being, people throw their pulled weeds with flowers/seeds and all in with other materials destined to be composted.
Municipal compost usually isn't bad. It is properly composted with proper time and temperature to kill most weed seeds.
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UndesiredUsername wrote: I bought a load of garden soil from Big Yellow Bag in Ottawa and was disappointed to find it was full of weeds and also you don't get a very large amount of soil for the amount of money you pay for it. Sure you get a cute yellow bag but it isn't worth almost $150. You can do better getting soil from traditional sources or better yet getting a truck and picking up your own.
Funny you mention this. Was just looking at a similar product from Greeley Sand & Gravel for the same price and also came across the Big Yellow Bag.

I don't understand what the benefit of these bags are vs. having a truck dump a load on your driveway. Specifically for Greely, the prices are the same for 1 cubic yard whether it's in the bag or dumped on the driveway, and I personally think it would be more hassle to get it out of the bag vs. digging it up off the driveway.
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Bag can be used a little at a time, weather is not a factor. Dump truck delivery is all or nothing
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l69norm wrote: Bag can be used a little at a time, weather is not a factor. Dump truck delivery is all or nothing
Not sure I understand. You can get a truck load delivered in any amount, 1, 2, 3, 4, cubic yards, etc. half truck or full truck. Dump it on the driveway, and if it is dirt or sand that could wash away in heavy rain, just cover it with a tarp.
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I have got a couple bulk deliveries in past, SO much cheaper then those bags! never will buy those
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adblink182 wrote: I have got a couple bulk deliveries in past, SO much cheaper then those bags! never will buy those
Yup... Nothing like having 8 tonnes of pea gravel dumped on the driveway that needs to get hauled to the backyard. It was at that moment I said #$@& the wheelbarrow and bought a trailer for our lawn tractor!
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I have a corner house with no side sidewalk, took out a section of fence and they backed almost right in and dropped the 7 yards almost right in the garden lol
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ykzflyer wrote: Says free for Halton region residents so probably need to show some kind of ID to prove you live in the region.
I just got back.. The compost is pretty good.. I just finished distributing it in my gardens etc.

They dont ask for ID.. They just asked where you are from. I said Burlington and that was it.. So if you are from Mississauga and want to try going you could lie and say you are from Oakville or something. I dont know. They didn't ID me. I did two trips. 4 rubbermaid containers each trip. Lined them with garbage bags.. Once dumped --> no mess :)
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UndesiredUsername wrote: I bought a load of garden soil from Big Yellow Bag in Ottawa and was disappointed to find it was full of weeds and also you don't get a very large amount of soil for the amount of money you pay for it. Sure you get a cute yellow bag but it isn't worth almost $150. You can do better getting soil from traditional sources or better yet getting a truck and picking up your own.
I am distraught to hear that you were unhappy with your BigYellowBag! I signed up for this forum specifically to reply to your comments.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our Black Garden Soil is of the highest possible quality. We've come up with a formula that truly grows everything better, unfortunately even the weeds. We also run our company under the mandate that "we are in the business of making people happy". If you purchased a BigYellowBag and the product was anything less than stellar, let me know in an email to mail@bigyellowbag.com. We will do our best to address the issue as soon as possible, whether that be with a replacement bag, or a refund. Our customers understand and appreciate the benefits BigYellowBag provides, and I invite you to see what the 7800+ customers have said about our business on the homepage of our website: https://www.bigyellowbag.com/

Again, to UndesiredUsername, I urge you to reach out to us with photos of your concerns so that we can come to a resolution!

To everyone in this thread, all the best and happy gardening!
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I don't know about the free Municipal soil. My wifes coworker grabbed a bunch last year and guess what lovely bonus he got with the soil?...... Termite ants.... a whole wackload. I'm not sure how much he spent on fumigating and trying to prevent them from spreading to his house. But I'm sure it's enough money to buy quality soil.

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