PWD Planting Soil was originally developed by the Philadelphia Water Department as part of a large green infrastructure policy. The benefits of greening an urban environment are Nemours. Trees and plantings absorbe rain water, provide shade, animal and insect habitat, clean the air and beautify the landscape. PWD Planting Soil was designed for urban tree plantings and has since been adopted as a great all-purpose landscape soil. PWD requires blenders to certify their compliance of this mix twice a year. Laurel Valley Soils has been involved with the PWD Green Infrastructure program from inception and has been an approved supplier every year. The performance of this soil is extremely consistent, adhering to a specification which ingredients are blended to meet a very strict set of parameters. LVS PWD Planting Soil is a well-balanced loam soil with a rich dark brown color, is screened to a half inch, and is stored out of the elements in an expansive covered building. Because of our large scale infrastructure and state of the art equipment, we are able to stockpile inventories so that we can provide our soil year round to meet our customers’ needs, whether that be one truck load or a thousand truck loads.
Certified Organic Fresh Mushroom Compost (COFMC) is generated exclusively from certified organic mushroom farms. It comes with documentation and is approved to be reused for other certified organic farming operations. COFMC is basically the same product as our Fresh Mushroom Compost (FMC), which is Mushroom Compost that has just been removed from the indoor growing beds at a mushroom farm after the mushrooms are harvested. COFMC retains all of its valuable fertility, biologic and organic matter content. The differences between COFMC and standard FMC is the regulated fertility, pest, and fungal management programs the mushroom farmers use or don’t use during the cultivation of the mushrooms. With an average one week lead-time COFMC is available fresh on an order by order basis. COFMC is unscreened and is light enough to be efficiently hauled in larger loads on tractor trailers. It’s highest value use is in certified organic growing operations or for anyone who wants to manage their landscape organically.
We provide many types of mulch, including Triple Ground Aged Natural Hardwood, Black, Brown, and Red Dyed, Playground Certified, Aged Pine Bark and Pine Bark Fines, Double Ground Natural Hardwood and Wood Chips. Mulches are shipped in either tri-axle or tractor trailers, depending on the service area.
An elite product, Horticultural Compost is the choice for the most discerning horticulturists when landscapes require superior performance and the best quality compost. Horticultural Compost is a great choice for high profile landscapes, like public and botanical gardens, upscale ornamental plantings and turf. Horticultural Compost is STA Certified and made from only the highest quality agricultural feedstocks, composted at our state of the art facility, and tested regularly through the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (STA) to ensure quality and consistency. Horticultural Compost is rich in organic matter, essential nutrients, is chock full of beneficial biology, and has a fine granular texture that gives this compost a lighter, more friable quality, making it a pleasure to work with.
Aged Mushroom Compost (AMC) is an all-purpose compost for landscapes, gardens, farming, soil reclamation, commercial site work and soil blending. AMC is composted in the same windrows as our Premium Compost. The main difference is that it is not screened and it is not stockpiled in our covered storage structures. This is a great option for large volume budget sensitive projects, as the important nutrient, biological, and organic matter benefits are the same as with our Premium Compost. AMC is made from our standard blend of the highest grade agricultural feedstocks, composted at our state of the art facility and tested regularly to verify and ensure quality and consistency.
Fresh Mushroom Compost (FMC) is the best high quality, low cost, all-purpose organic matter source available in the compost industry. FMC comes fresh from the mushroom growing beds immediately following the mushroom harvest and a steam pasteurization treatment. Unscreened, and without additional processing, this compost is our most economical offering and is also light enough to be efficiently hauled in larger loads on tractor trailers. Also known as Mushroom Soil, Mushroom Mulch, and Mushroom Substrate, FMC is great for mulching gardens, spreading on crop fields, and topdressing lawns. It is also ideal for use in large industrial scale soil remediation projects.
Many projects have unique site conditions and landscape design criteria which can require custom soil solutions. We can create most engineered custom blended soils to fit your project’s design and performance requirements and in the absence of a specification we can offer one of our many off the shelf engineered soil options or collaborate to develop a site specific mix. We can make biosoils, rain garden soils, structural soils, light weight soils, planting soils, rootzone sports turf soils, container/planter soils and more.
For Engineers and Landscape Architects looking ahead to incorporate new specifications for future projects, we can also provide guidance and consultation for creating new custom specifications.
Rain Garden Soils are designed to manage stormwater much like bioretention soils, however they are generally used in smaller scale applications with more ornamental and visually pleasing plantings. This is because rain gardens are often located close to and around buildings and are integrated into the larger aesthetic landscape design. These smaller scale features are a more convenient choice for old sites that are required to upgrade their stormwater infrastructure to meet current building and zoning codes. Rain Gardens are effective because they can be implemented in multiple small installations interspersed in multiple locations around a property that collectively capture the total volume of displaced stormwater.
A stormwater management plan is now a requirement with all new construction that creates impervious surfaces. Water must be contained on site or at least slowed down to prevent flooding and pollution. Bioretention basins are part of the building code and are required for most all building projects including renovations and expansions. The understanding and design of these soils is evolving rapidly.
Other industry names used are Bio-soil, Stormwater Soil, Filter Media, Amended Soil, Engineered Soil.
Garden Soil is the choice for when a little more ‘oomph!’ is needed. Specifically developed with customer input, Garden Soil was designed for raised garden beds and other applications where a more organically rich soil is desired. However, there are unlimited useful applications for this mix. Customers are using it for regular planting beds, finish grading under sod, filling in divots, and topdressing just to name a few. Garden Soil is made from a 70/30 blend of Premium Compost and native loam soil. This richer soil blend has increased fertility and water holding capacity.
Quality soil is the foundation of every great landscape. Our Enriched Topsoil is the highest quality, best performing all-purpose landscape soil, and we ensure unparalleled consistency from load to load, year in and year out. Enriched Topsoil is a well balanced loam soil with a rich dark brown color, is screened to a half inch, and is stored out of the elements in an expansive covered building. Because of our large scale infrastructure and state of the art equipment, we are able to stockpile inventories so that we can provide our soil year round to meet our customers’ needs, whether that be one truck load for a residential landscape or a thousand truck loads for a highway infrastructure project.
Premium Compost is an STA Certified, high quality all-purpose compost for landscapes, gardens, farming, commercial, reclamation, DOT Projects and soil blending. This high end yet practical compost is our go-to workhorse, thanks to its high organic matter content, broad spectrum of slow release nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. We use Premium Compost as a core ingredient in most of our soil blends and it stands on its own as a great topdressing and in situ soil amendment. Premium Compost is made from a blend of the highest grade agricultural feedstocks, composted at our state of the art facility and tested regularly through the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) Program to verify and ensure quality and consistency. Applying compost is the best way to build fertile, productive, and healthy soil.