Price O.K. for bulk compost?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by replenish&subdue, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. replenish&subdue

    replenish&subdue LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    I found a source in town to buy what they say is good quality cotton burr at $36/cuyd. Is this a good price?
    Also,is this a good choice on my part to spread as a compost treatment on residential lawns for my organic program? Should this be supplemented with an organic fertilizer? A local company here is wanting to sell me on an fertilizer called Sustain. Anyone know of it or recommend another?
     
  2. Mr. Nice

    Mr. Nice LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Posts: 155

    replenish,

    Good compost is the HEART of an organic program, and if good enough? the only thing needed, every thing else is icing on the cake.

    The object to organic's is to feed the soil and let the soil feed the plant.

    Basically it's the biology making available nutrients for the plant.

    Understanding how to make that system productive is your first need.

    Then you will be better able to make input decisions basest on that.

    GOOD compost will be high in nutrient's, OM and biology.

    As far as sustain from lesco? there are cheaper equivalents to that product.

    I'm sure some salesman here can help you find some?


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  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    Compost for $36/cu yd is a little expensive, typical compost is $12 to $16 per yard. ask for the analysis please, if sold in bulk they must have an analysis available. if they don't ...........run
     
  4. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    hey heads up on the cotton, it has loads of pesticides and they kill it with herbicide that may not come out with the wash so to speak.
     
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    You haven't checked out CA prices lately heh? I pay $32/yard, and I have seen it for WAY more than that ($199 for 50 cubic feet)
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    The status of your soil and the soil type will determine that.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,080

    $22.00 to $25.00/yd around here.
    I want to go to the compost farm and see what a big truckload costs, delivered.
    50yds. would put my compost apps on the fast track. :)
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I just got a quote for 32$ per yard, and they will give me a break at 100 yards to 25$ per....................
     
  9. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    $16 per yard here - great stuff - big yards too about 32 sq ft - all yard waste stuff - no manure fortifiers
    Another source out of Lexington is $16 for their OMRI cert low end and $25 for their OMRI gourmet compost - really great #'s - both manure (horse) fortified stuff.

    tree what up with quotes?? Just keeping tabs on your competetion - yeah thats what you are doing....
     
  10. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    What about this -
    1/3 fungal dominated compost + 1/3 bacterial dominated compost + 1/3 worm casts - note the iron count off the charts, this would turn your grass blue. About $250 per 27 cu ft yard - does not include shipping.

    Compost Analysis.jpg
     

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