Buy Quality, Screened Compost
When you buy compost, you want to know what you're getting. There are a whole number of different ways compost is made and they all have slightly different details. The primary difference is the original organic material that is being broken down by composting. The other factor to consider is what the compost is going to be used for and the plants to be grown in it. For acid-based plants, a different compost would be selected for azaleas than for the typical lawn. In general, a common use for compost in the Boston area is to add organic material to the soil in order to improve the soil's qualities. With a higher organic content, soil structure and nutrient retention gets better.
Types of Compost
The type of compost is based on the material used as the initial input and then how it is handled to facilitate the composting. These materials, over time, are biologically broken down so that the particle size is smaller and the nutrients are available to be released to the surrounding plant roots. This happens over time, just like a slow-release fertilizer. The types of things that are composted are:
- Food waste: this can be animal or plant waste from food production
- Animal manure: a by-product from livestock and large animals
- Paper waste
- Coffee and tea
- Yard waste
- Sludge from sewer plants
All of the methods, with time and heat, take care of any pathogens and create high organic material to enhance your landscaping or garden.
Our Compost components
When you buy our compost, you are getting a recycled product that is made from yard and food waste. The main components are vegetative material from lawn areas, such as leaves and grass cuttings, and the woody material that is pruned or knocked down by storms. The branches and limbs are specially ground to reduce the size of all the material in the pile so that the breakdown does not take too long. The food waste is also ground and any plastic is separated from the pile. The two materials mixed together make it a rich, nutritious compost.
You will never find sludge from sewer plants in the compost sold by BostonLoam.com. We do not accept sludge due to the fact that it tends to contain trace elements that are not balanced for plant growth and some just should not be around home and garden use of soil.
When it is received, the two separate waste streams are kept as separate as possible. The leaves are piled to start the decomposition. The brush is ground a number of times to reduce it to a much smaller size so it will break down faster. One of the biggest considerations on the recycling end is space, so mechanical grinding makes the process go faster. The food waste is added after the breakdown starts to provide a richer mix of components. After both have gone through the start of the composting process, they are mixed together so that the air flows well in the pile and mixing of the components starts so that a uniform end product is produced. With enough time and turning the pile, the particle size is like soil and ready to be screened. The bulk of the material is ready to go, but clumps of leaves and wood that are too large are screened out. After it is screened, the compost then goes back into a pile to be sold.
When you buy compost from BostonLoam.com, you know that it is from yard and food waste with no other type of compost mixed in. Everything is from food and vegetative sources just like you would make at home with a compost pile. But we do the work turning it, aging it and screening it for you. This compost is available for purchase by homeowners who want a finished product to improve their lawns and gardens. We sell the compost in bulk and you are welcome at any time to inspect our product. In fact, if you have any questions at all, please come and look first so that you are comfortable with your decision. The proof is in the compost. We deliver throughout the Boston area with truckload quantities from one yard on up. To make buying our compost easier, we accept cash, check and credit cards.
Any other questions? Please call Paul at 781-254-2773.