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General Questions

Q. What area is covered by a cubic yard of mulch?
A. @ 3 inches deep, approx. 100 sq. ft. @ 2 inches deep, approx. 150 sq. ft. @ 1 inch deep, approx. 300 sq. ft.
Q. What is the best mulch depth for efficient weed suppression?
A. 2 - 3 inches keeps light from the soil. This discourages weed growth while allowing oxygen and moisture to reach the soil and plant roots. More than 3 inches will prevent adequate air and water from reaching the soil.
Q. Do termites live in mulch?
A. No. Termites live underground in nests. They travel near the soil surface (under mulch, if it's near their target) until they find a meal; wood into which they bore for food. Mulch offers no food or fun for termites.
Q. Why is it so difficult to grow plants, vegetables and turf at my home?
A. We live near the beach. The sand is part of why we're here. If your home was once part of a farm, chances are, the farmer used chemical fertilizer and pesticide to help grow corn & soybeans. This means the soil is nearly sterile. If you live in a recently built subdivision, chances are, the developer spread sub-soil from the foundation around the house for grading.
Q. How can I fix these issues?
A. Compost is an effective, relatively low cost method of changing sandy, unproductive soil into a growing medium that will sustain healthy plants, vegetables and turf grass.
Q. Can I use too much compost?
A. The short answer is no; compost is organic matter that adds important nutrition to the soil. There are no chemicals or toxins that can burn or poison plants. The only warning against over composting (more than 40 - 50% in a soil mix) is with stalky plants; they need minerals to give the roots stability and support the stalks above ground.
Q. Is compost a substitute for fertilizer?
A. No, compost is an additive that helps feed plants. Fertilizers vary in the amounts of nitrogen, potash and phosphate available to aid in plant growth. Plants thrive when these elements are in the proper balance. Plants differ in the amount of each element that is optimum. Compost is helpful to all plant life because it does more than fertilize.
Q. What other benefits will I get from compost?
A. Compost helps retain moisture in sandy soil. Compost helps break up silt, clay and other hard packed soils. Compost can be used as a highly effective, attractive mulch or side dressing.
Q. When is the best time to add compost to my lawn or garden?
A. While anytime is acceptable and helpful to soil, early spring is traditionally when gardeners amend their soil, and autumn is a good time to aerate the lawn and add compost.
Q. Which type of sod is best for my lawn?
A. A hardy, drought resistant fescue works best in our climate. Water is essential in maintaining a healthy lawn; irrigation is the most efficient and cost effective method of maintain the proper moisture level in lawns and gardens.
Q. When should I install sod?
A. Sod may be laid successfully any time of year if the ground is not frozen and the soil is prepared properly.
Q. What is the proper way to prepare soil for laying sod?
A. Have the soil tested. Make adjustments to pH, N P K, etc. Till compost to a depth of 3 - 4 inches Prepare the surface so there are no bumps or holes Rake the surface Lay the sod Water immediately