Our organic compost is an excellent soil addition designed for use in farms, landscaping, and edible gardens. It is rich in organic matter to improve soil structure and water holding.
WHAT BENEFITS YOU CAN EXPECT
Breaks up compacted soil for healthful plant root growth
Holds up to three times its weight in water, helping to prevent drought in areas with sandy soils
Increases organic matter in soil, which is important for healthful soil ecology and plant health
DO YOU MANAGE A COMMUNITY GARDEN?
We can donate compost to your organization?
HOW YOU CAN USE IT
Incorporate up to 1 inch of compost into the top 6 to 12 inches of soil before planting new lawns.
Top dress with 1/4 inch per year to maintain a healthy lawn. Core aerate first, if possible.
Incorporate up to 3 inches into soil for new gardens or to rejuvenate old flower and edible gardens.
Top dress with 1 inch per year to maintain a healthful and productive garden.
Trees & Shrubs
Dig hole twice as wide as root ball, plant and refill with equal parts soil and compost.
Top dress area under tree with 1 inch per year to maintain health.
What’s in a typical compost mix
Moisture Content: 32% to 42%
pH – 7.5 to 8.5 . | C:N – 10 to 12
Screen Size: 3/8” minus
HOW WE MAKE COMPOST
Bioenergy Devco’s Waste Acquisition Specialist Mike Manna explains the composting process at the Seaford center from beginning to end.
1 Mixing Building
Incoming feedstocks are brought inside the Mixing Building, where we blend the different materials. The air in the building is filtered through a biofilter, removing odors before being released outside.
2 Active Composting
Mixed feedstocks spend about 2 months in our covered, aerated static piles. Like an air hockey table, these piles are built with aeration holes underneath that constantly push fresh air into the piles. This maintains the ideal conditions for the microbes breaking down the material, greatly reducing the time it takes to make compost while also helping to control odors.
3 Stabilization / Curing
The compost could be used at this point, but we cure it to let it further age and cool down before selling it. This makes a higher quality product that can be used directly in gardens and in fields without risking damage to the plants.
Some of the wood that we add in the beginning doesn’t completely break down. We screen our compost before selling, which removes wood. The wood that is removed is reused at the beginning of the process.