Landscaping and Construction
Heritage Products can supply quality top soil, compost and mulch in any quantity from a one tonne bag or 100’s of tonnes, phone the sales team for help with your enquiry on 01273 492752.
For landscaping applications quality compost can enhance plant establishment and growth and help to suppress weed growth through the effective provision of nutrients and improvement of a soil’s structure. BSI PAS 100 compost can be applied as mulch or as a soil improver.
The list below provides an extensive list of benefits seen from the use of compost. Benefits specific to landscaping include:
- Provides alternative to importation of topsoil and the use of herbicides and other inorganic fertilisers;
- Improves water retention;
- Acts as a soil;
- Nutrients within compost enrich the soil and aid root establishment;
- Reduces the need for maintenance, improves weather resistance, and produces aesthetically pleasing landscapes;
- Offers benefits when compared to the application of ordinary tree bark, as it is rich in nitrogen, and is also less likely to be blown or washed away; and
- Improves the soil crumb structure and tilth, making it more workable, and enhancing water infiltration and drainage rates.
There are different size grades of compost available on the market, each of which is suitable for different landscape applications. For example, finer grades of compost can be applied as a soil improver or a top dressing. Coarser, woodier compost types are most effectively applied to provide stable, effective and long-lasting mulch.
Compost can typically be handled with ease similar to peat mixes. One consideration when handling compost is increased weight, which can raise concerns regarding the movement of freshly potted stock.
The mixing ratios of compost with other soil forming materials depend on the site characteristics, need for organic amendment and on the planned end use. Trials have shown that applications of up to 25% (by volume) provide substantial benefits to soil properties and vegetation growth.