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Sourcing Bulk Compost

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tyler_mott85, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Anyone know of any national or regional suppliers of good spreadable, hopefully screened, compost?

    There are a few local places but they're just grass clippings, wood chips and manure un-screened not really going to get the same thing each load type of deal.

    Looking into trying to break into the top dressing market around here as I have seen no companies advertising or performing this type of work. I need to do more research on compost, humus, etc but I like to know what I can even get my hands on first so when I'm reading I understand what I'm looking at specifically.

  2. mrshanno

    mrshanno LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Try your local landfill or solid waste authority. I know around here they have pretty fair compost that I've used to top dress my own yard.
  3. JCResources

    JCResources LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    Hi Tyler,

    Compost is a pretty bulky material and you need lots of volume per application. I have been using 0.4 to 0.7 cu. yards/k for renovation work. If you want to buy in bulk and keep it in inventory you will need a decent sized area to store it and a skid steer or compact tractor to load your truck or trailer.

    Found this story in the Eagle:


    Don't know if you have dealt with these people or if they are still around.

    Also Garick has a yard in Topeka and they claim to ship stuff all over by barge, rail and truck so I would guess they would bring a semi load to you in Wichita.


    Lastly if you get in a pinch I will sell you some out of my own inventory and deliver. Give me a shout if I can be of help.

    Jeff Cooper
  4. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Thanks Jeff for the info. I have seen that article in the Eagle but was not aware of Garick being close by.

    Good to run into someone from these parts. What experiences have you had with composting in Salina? I don't believe I have ever seen a company here in Wichita topdressing lawns. This isn't to say it doesn't happen I just don't see it happening or advertizing. Would love to break into the market around here. Thanks again.
  5. JCResources

    JCResources LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109


    My top-dressing is generally sold with renovation work or within my lawn care programs. I would suspect that most others in your area are the same way. I give it a brief mention on my cards and website, but the real selling happens with the consultation and estimate.

    To me most homeowners don't even know their turf could benefit from the practice. The results are phenomenal if you can sell them on it.

    There are all sorts of issues to overcome with this work. The material is bulky and you need to put on lots of volume. Hand shoveling and raking is a b*tch and takes forever. I also used an earthway spreader with a custom built agitator but it just didn't hold enough material. After all this trial and error I bought an Earth and Turf multispread 220 tow behind topdresser, have yet to try it out. You need a pretty big truck or trailer to move the volume you will need around. I use my 18 ft gooseneck with a tarp on the floor, not ideal but it gets the job done for now.

    That's my limited experience. Holler if I can be of assistance.


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