Dr. K’s Compost and Mulch Tips

Dr. K’s Compost and Mulch Tips

Check in here for seasonal and general recommendations on how to better manage your soil and landscape with our compost, mulch, and specialty soils. Healthy soil is the key to a beautiful, thriving landscape and a successful crop harvest. Our goal is to help you in your quest to attain that.

Anytime is the perfect time to mulch!

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No matter what time of year it is, adding mulch to your garden is a good thing! During warmer months, insulate plant roots from the heat and help retain valuable water at the same time. During cooler months, use mulch to insulate plant roots from cold weather and to help manage erosion during winter storms. We have many different types of mulch to choose from for different applications and aesthetics. No matter which one you choose, mulch will give your landscape a clean and polished look while providing many awesome benefits for your plants and soil. Not sure what you need for your garden? Ask us!

Mulch: A protective covering spread or left on the ground to reduce evaporation, maintain even soil temperature, prevent erosion, control weeds, and enrich the soil.

— Merriam-Webster

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Fire-proofing Your Property with Composted Mulch

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Dr. K was recently featured in a Ramona Sentinel article for providing guidance and tips to the Ramona Garden Club on choosing the best garden materials for fire protection at their August 8th meeting. During his presentation, he emphasized that selecting the least combustible landscape materials is the key to protecting your landscape from fire threats. Our composted mulch is a great choice for this application. For more information and tips on fire-proofing your landscape with our composted mulch, check out Dr. K’s blog post. He also suggests that you read the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s, “The Combustibility of Landscape Mulches Publication”.

Compost is the product manufactured through the controlled aerobic, biological decomposition of biodegradable materials. The product has undergone mesophilic and thermophilic temperatures, which significantly reduces the viability of pathogens and weed seeds (in accordance with EPA 40 CFR 503 standards) and stabilizes the carbon such that it is beneficial to plant growth. Compost is typically used as a soil amendment, but may also contribute plant nutrients. (AAPFCO definition, official 2018)  Finished compost is typically screened to reduce its particle size, to improve soil incorporation.”

US Composting Council

Compost Blanket Solutions to Combat Problem Areas During Rainy Season

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Check out Dr. K’s Tips to help you with problem areas during the rainy season in his Compost Blanket Workshop video and the US EPA’s Compost Blanket Publication!

Guidelines for using Our Manure-based Valley’s Best Compost®

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Get amazing results when you follow Dr. K’s guidelines for using our Valley’s Best Compost® for:

  • Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
  • Turf Establishment & Top-dressing
  • Vegetable and Flower Beds

Click on link or download the pdf below to see Dr. K’s guidelines.

San Pasqual Valley Soils’ Guidelines for Using Our Manure-based Valley’s Best Compost pdf

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