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.
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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.
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.
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.