Organic Plus is screened through a 9/16th inch screen and comes from Douglas Fir bark and sand that has aged for at least 4 months at our site and almost a year at the source site. The material is turned before screening, and temperatures normally exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a reasonable period of time in our piles after it is received.
The product is a deep black color and is free flowing for application by blower truck or any other type of land application equipment. The sandy nature and structural bark properties assure that Organic Plus supports plant growth, but it is a low nutrient product intended for situations where normal fertilization will be practiced. Soluble salts and pH are also low, so this product works well with salt sensitive plantings and native plants.
Garden Mulch Compost
Garden Mulch is made from well-aged composted green grass, brush, leaves and woody fines to strike the perfect balance of drainage and water retention, nutrients and biological stability, and ease of use. This product is screened through a 5/8th inch mesh to create a black, free flowing compost product. We test our products to assure slow release nutrients are available, and to determine land application rates for different crops. Garden Mulch Compost has achieved the US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance procedures for growth, stability and cleanliness. Call for a current report on our compost quality.
Vegetable Garden Soils and Flower Beds– Garden beds use organic matter quickly because turning, fertilizing and watering increases soil microbe activity and the use of organic matter. Apply 1 inch deep of Garden Mulch per year in the early spring or fall and work into the top six inches of soil. This will provide a natural form of slow release nutrients to support all around healthy growth. Always fertilize according to fertilizer directions, but you can reduce watering and fertilizing by about 1/3 from normal due to the improvement in water-holding capacity and minor levels of nutrients. While Garden Mulch can be used as short-term mulch, it will allow windblown weed seeds to get a easy footing on the soil. Use a coarse mulch on top to control weeds. Shrubs and Trees – Once every 3 years, rake back any surface mulch, and place 2 inches deep of compost from the drip line to within 6 inches of the trunk of each shrub and tree, cover with at least 2 inches of a coarse bark or wood chip. This will allow the compost to feed the trees and shrubs the way they prefer, from the top down, while allowing the mulch to reduce windblown weeds and keep soils cool and moist. Lawns – Turf makes much of its own organic matter, however to rejuvenate a tired lawn, plug aerate and rake in a mix of 50% sandy loam and 50% Garden Mulch. Water will percolate deeper, and grasses will grow back in, denser and healthier.