Compost and Woodchips for Sale

Our compost gets rave reviews from local gardeners and landscapers!

Our compost gets rave reviews from local gardeners and landscapers!

Emmet County’s Homegrown Compost

 

  • Made from local yard and garden trimmings and food scraps
  • Improve the texture and vitality of your soil

Prices

  • Load your own: $20 a cubic yard NOW ON SALE for $10 per cubic yard!
  • We load (open trucks only):  $30 a cubic yard    NOW ON SALE for $20 per cubic yard!
  • Bagged:  $4 per bag or 3 bags for $10

When storing bulk compost, cover it with a dark tarp to keep out airborne weed seeds and prevent it from drying or getting soggy. 

 

Compost Quality Tested by Independent Laboratories

Results of Independent Compost Testing

Dairyland Lab

MSU Labs

*Windrow #3 is finished compost that is for sale,
windrow #5 is still maturing therefore it is not for sale.

 

Compost Use: Preparation and Application Rates

 


Fall for Compost!

Blanket your BARE GARDEN BEDS

Improve your soil for spring planting with blankets of compost and mulch.

  • Prep: in the fall, remove the remains of garden plants and weeds
  • Use Compost: apply 2 inches of compost then cover it up with 1-2 inches of shredded leaves or bark mulch.
    We contacted Cooperative Extension’s “Ask an Expert” to get the details of this fall technique and they said, “…we really encourage minimum or no-till gardening efforts (to encourage the microbes and the living component of the soil). If you continue to do this each season, you will simply have to scratch a furrow and press seeds into the crumbly soil.” Doesn’t that sound easy?

Tuck in your PERENNIALS and WOODY PLANTS

Cooperative Extension’s “Ask an Expert” says “fall is a wonderful time to apply compost to garden beds,” and recommends top dressing around perennials and shrubs. Then, “Let nature take its course. It will become part of the microbially active top layer of the soil quickly.”

  • Prep: pull existing weeds.
  • Use Compost: apply 1-3 inches of compost on top of the soil.

the following are from “Composting for the Homeowner” from the University of Illinois Extension (resource suggested by Michigan State University)

New Vegetable or Flower Garden

  • Prep: clear existing vegetation and roots of tough perennial weeds.
  • Use Compost: cover the area with 3 to 4 inches of compost. Till it into the top 6 inches of the soil.

In Potting Mixes

  • “Compost is excellent for container growing mixes, because it stores moisture effectively and provides a variety of nutrients not typically supplied in commercial fertilizers or soil-free potting mixes.”
  • Use Compost: Use 25-50% compost by volume.

Mulching Existing Gardens

  • Prep: remove weeds, making sure to remove the roots of tough perennial weeds.
  • Use Compost: Cover the garden or bed with 1 to 2 inches of compost.

To Support Your Lawn

  • Prep: If using home-made compost, screen out chunky materials.  Aerating the sod before applying comopst will help incorporate the compost.
  • Use Compost: Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch of compost. Rake it into the crevices.

When Planting Trees or Shrubs

  • Prep: collect the soil from the hole to backfill around the root ball.
  • Use Compost: Mix compost into the natural soil before back filling. Use up to 25% compost (by volume). Using more than 25% compost may discourage the plant from extending its roots beyond the amended soil in the hole.

When Feeding Existing Trees

  • Prep: Drill 1- to 2-inch diameter holes 12 inches deep throughout the tree canopy and beyond at 18-inch spacing. Fill the bottom of each hole with dry fertilizer at recommended rates.
  • Use Compost: Top off the holes with compost.
  • This treatment should supply nutrients for 2 to 3 years.

When Feeding Existing Shrubs

  • Prep: Drill 1- to 2-inch diameter holes 8-10 inches deep throughout the tree canopy and beyond at 18-inch spacing. Fill the bottom of each hole with dry fertilizer at recommended rates.
  • Use Compost: Top off the holes with compost.
  • This treatment should supply nutrients for 2 to 3 years.

 

Want to make your own compost? Click here for our guide: Home Composting for You

 

 

 

Great for suppressing weeds in paths!

Great for suppressing weeds in paths

Woodchips

Load your own: $10 a cubic yard

We load (open trucks only): $15 a cubic yard

Choose from mixed, hardwood or evergreen.

 

 

 

 

 

How many yards do I need to apply compost or mulch X inches thick?

When applying a cubic yard covers
1 inch 324 square feet
2 inches 162 square feet
3 inches 108 square feet
4 inches 81 square feet

Compost is available loose and bagged. For those interested in purchasing it in bags, 40 of our bags of compost are equivalent to a cubic yard. Put another way, one bag of compost is .025 cubic yards of compost.


How We Measure Truck Bed Yardage

Length x Width x Height divided by 27 (LxWxH)/27

An average truck bed is about 2 yards if filled, but not over the edge

Truck Bed Measurement