Compost, Topsoil & Blends
Composting – nature’s way of recycling decomposed organic material into a rich soil. Compost has many uses, amending sandy and clay soils by providing organic matter to your soil, improves moisture retention, reduces soil erosion, feeds beneficial organisms, helps soil hold nutrients and allows plants to grow more vigorously. There are a few different types of composting: Backyard Composting, Worm Composting and Grasscycling. Compost can actually be used to prevent soil erosion on newly planted seed areas too and recently shows more potential than Hydro mulch. We have provided a few links to websites that are sure to give you more information on uses of compost, how to tell when it is ready to use and also what you could put into your compost.
4″ to 6″ of topsoil is adequate for lawn areas, however, newly constructed flower beds, shrub beds, and garden areas should be amended by adding 4″ to 8″ of compost or a garden soil mix.
Improve soil by adding organic matter for:
- Easier weeding
- Water Retention
Hard Soils – are depleted of organic matter. To loosen them, add 2″ to 3″ of compost or peat moss annually.
Sandy Soils – add compost for fertility and aeration, add peat moss mix for water retention.
Compost Garden Soil – 3 way mix of Compost, Peatmoss and Topsoil.
Processed Clay Soils – add compost for fertility, add composted bark mix to loosen and for aeration.
Bulk Soil Products – Delivered in Tandam Truck Loads in town
- Screened Topsoil/loam
- Peat Moss
- Pine Bark
- 3 Way Mix (Compost, Peat, Topsoil)
For delivery there is a $100.00 charge in town.
We produce our own compost by blending, aerating and aging recycled yard waste, such as:
- Grass Clippings
- Pine Bark
We have the compost tested to ensure the quality of our product before we release it to our customers, ensuring that you are getting the best organic matter for your soil.
Organic matter in soil is essential for soil structure, the following lists some of these benefits:
- Increased nutrient levels
- Improved cation exchange capacity
- Better plant survival and growth
- Reduction in soil compaction
- Improved soil water-holding capacity
- Increased microbial activity
- Improved root growth
- Reduction in plant deaths
- Improved plant quality
- Moisture conservation
The following applications list some of the uses for compost:
- Plant beds establishment
- Soil amendment
- Container planting
- Turf topdressing
- Tree and shrub planting
- Topsoil manufacturing
Gardeners love our 3-way compost mix that we mix on site and deliver. It is a mix of compost, peat and topsoil (no sand). Its perfect for shrub beds and planters.
- Minimum delivery order of 3 yards.
We do recommend twice annual fertilizing of trees and shrubs. We have a special formula for spruce trees that should be applied twice per year. It has shown to make a big difference on the health and vigor of spruce trees in the Grande Prairie area.
It is very important for all plant material to maintain healthy soil. This can also be done with the addition of compost and wood mulches that add humus to the soil.
There are many different grass seed blends and it is important to choose the right one. You should look at what climate you live in, frequency of drought, and access to irrigation water, the type of soil in your area and the amount of shade or sun in your yard. Looking at all of these factors will help you determine the best seed to use in your yard to achieve the best lawn.
Why is fertilizer an important resource in creating and maintaining a thick, lush and healthy lawn? Fertilizer contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which are primary macronutrients your lawn need to flourish. These macronutrients generally are not made available in the quantity that is required through natural soil processes. Nitrogen is important for vigorous growth and the lush green color homeowners are looking for in their lawn. Phosphorus will stimulate early root growth and promote early plant vigor. Potassium aids in the process of photosynthesis in plants and regulates many physiological processes; like more efficient use of nitrogen by the plant.
We stock several fertilizers that are appropriate for establishing and maintaining sod. These include phosphorus for under sod and slow release for summer maintenance. Our fertilizers come in a variety sizes to suit the size of your lawn.
We also carry a fertilizer that is designed to maximize the health of your evergreens.
You can find information on the best fertilizer grade to use for your lawn here – https://www.manderley.com/lawn-garden-products/fertilizer/