Compost & Garden Soil
The Foundation of a Healthy Living Soil
Compost is food for for plants, sort of. Compost is nature’s fertilizer; created as organic material breaks down into the original compounds it was formed from and by doing so, recycles those nutrients back into the life cycle. Think of compost like natures pantry, it is a storage area with an abundance of food that plants can go to whenever they need a snack. Compost is created when micro-organisms feed on organic materials and begin the biological process of breaking them down into a form that plants and soil organisms can reuse. Heat in compost is generated by the metabolism of the micro-organisms that are eating the plant material. Biological activity in our compost naturally heats it to above 130°F, which kills seeds, insects and plant pathogens. This process also breaks down the chemical compounds in insecticides and herbicides that may be on the plant material so you don’t have to worry about secondary exposure to unwanted chemicals. Residual heat in compost will dissipate when it is spread or tilled, but the compost will still be alive with beneficial microorganisms. Remember that it is the soil that feeds the plants, and compost feeds the soil. Compost supplies organic matter to feed the soil organisms that are necessary for plant health.
Not only is compost a buffet for plants, it also helps improve the condition of the soil where your plants live. In New Mexico, our soils are generally deficient in organic material and microbial life and are alkaline (pH 7-14). We have either sandy (relatively large particle size) or clayey (relatively small particle size) soils. Compost is effective in improving any soil conditions. It breaks up clay soil and improves drainage, aeration, and tilth. In sandy soils it reduces drainage and conserves water and nutrients.Think of walks in the forest, the soil is dark and spongy and smells like, well, like earth. This is because forests feed themselves by composting their dead material and creating a nutrient rich loamy topsoil. That is what we make every day at Soilutions, Inc. So ditch the chemical nutrients and ‘enhanced’ bagged soils from the box store and let nature do what nature does.
Premium Compost is the standard bearer for New Mexico Compost Products and prized by local organic farmers. Built from local manures, greenwaste and other select feedstock, our Premium Compost is approved for use on certified organic farms. We compost for a minimum of 1 year before screening to 1/2 inch. Availability is limited so please call ahead.
$48 Cubic Yard
Sod & Shrub Compost
Sod & Shrub Compost is a nutrient blast for your lawn, decorative or vegetable garden. Made from local manures, greenwaste and foodwaste and composted a minimum of 1 year, our Sod & Shrub compost offers unheralded nutrient diversity. Screened to 1/2 inch. Available year round.
$40 Cubic Yard
A mixture of sandy loam and compost our Topsoil Blend is the perfect foundation for new garden beds. A 50/50 mix ensures new plantings are supplied with the soil structure they need for foundational and annual success.
$52 Cubic Yard
Enriched Planting Mix
We add 50% more compost to our Topsoil blend to create our favorite blend for first season raised beds. The additional compost improves soil porosity and water retention.
$60 Cubic Yard
Potting Soil #1
Potting Soil #1is designed for native and native adapted plants. Composed of red cinder, pumice, pecan shells and compost, this soil is perfect for bringing the desert landscape indoors, cultivating your succulents or for outdoor use when you want to highlight pathways with desert plants.
$60 Cubic Yard
Potting Soil #3
Potting Soil #3 is perfect for small container gardening. A blend of compost, pumice and composted woody materials, this is a nursery standard. It also works well as an amendment to compacted or sandy soils and is a go to use as “sponge” for landscaping projects.
$60 Cubic Yard
3/8 x 1/4 Inch Pumice is a soil amendment to help with aeration, moisture retention and moisture storage in heavy soils, or as a drainage basin for native and native adapted plants.
$60 Cubic Yard
3/8 inch minus Red Cinder is used for horticulture and decoration. Similar to pumice it is used for aeration and moisture retention, and can be used to line pathways and as a mulch in xeriscape design.