Mulch at Wood Materials

The Best Time To put Down New Mulch

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PUT DOWN NEW MULCH? Mulch serves numerous purposes in our gardens, apart from looking fresh and manicured. It helps your garden soil to retain moisture; blocks the growth of weeds; adds nutrients to the soil as it composts and breaks down; moderates the temperature of the soil; and adds […]

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Our Soil Bulk Densities.

Below are the bulk densities of our soil products, measured at soil saturation levels. The reason for providing these weights at saturation level is to allow an understanding of the maximum weight of each soil as the soil has been receiving heavy rains every day for two weeks. Under less wet weather the weight of […]

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Understanding Nitrogen

The following is part of a new series I am writing to help introduce some greater understanding of plant needs and how soil affects these needs. Feedback is always greatly appreciated! Plant Nutrients and Soil Interactions (N) Nitrogen Nitrogen is a structural component of several essential plant parts and compounds and the one element used […]

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Understanding Soil Terms Part 2

Now that we’ve covered the… non-optimal terms, lets start on some of the most confusing words. HUMUS TERMS: Humus is a term which gets thrown around without much consideration to whether or not it is being used appropriately. Garden centers are full of bold claims of the humate or humus concentrations within a product. This […]

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Understanding Soil Terms Part 1

Frequently I am asked to clarify what the difference, if any, there is between soil and compost. Far too often I find folks, including agronomist and other who should know better, interchanging the terms soil, compost, humus, mud, and dirt as though these are all a single homogeneous material. Without letting my inner soil nerd out […]

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Certificate Of Merit

I was personally honored to be present with Mr. Pearce Wood on March the 15th at the Jefferson Parish Council meeting where we were awarded a Certificate of Merit for our participation in consulting on soil and plant material and donating the soil for a new beautification project in Lafreniere Park.  Along with The Plant […]

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Soil Myths – Acidic Soil Promotion

Let’s face it, what we often take to be common horticultural knowledge is often a mixed bagged of misinformation, outdated concepts,  and half-truths at the best of times. One that is persistent in horticulture and plant propagation is that pine acidifies soil and that the application of pine bark or pine needles promotes acidification and pH buffering […]

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