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West Coast Composting

Compost

Our compost is a 100% organic matter derived compost. Perfect for most garden applications including raised beds, allotments and much more.

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Bark

This is a fast and attractive way to enhance the health and appearance of your garden.

Perfect for mulching to suppress weeds, retain moisture, protect plant roots and can help to reduce garden maintenance. Also can be used for decorative purposes.

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Why you should use our compost

  • It is ready to use
  • Contains 100% organic matter
  • Peat-free
  • Well structured to allow for aeration, drainage and root development
  • It has a natural nitrogen source
  • Weed-free
  • No added chemicals

What can I use it for

Once you’ve taken the time to create a raised bed for flowers or vegetables our compost is perfect for filling them up.

If you have an allotment you can use our compost to bulk it out and start planting.
If you are keen to grow vegetables but don’t have an allotment you can use a small space in your garden to create a mini vegetable patch.

Whether you are laying a lawn with turf or from grass seed we can make you a mix of compost and topsoil to create the ideal base to create your lawn.

If you have a sports ground you can use our compost as a soil conditioner to get it ready for the next season.

Quantities available

You can buy our compost in small manageable bags, dumpy bags, small loose loads or in bulk volume. Bark is available in dumpy bags or in small or bulk loose loads.

How is compost produced

Composting is the decomposition of materials that originated from animals and plants. These organic materials can be things such as plant trimmings, vegetable cuttings and teabags. The composting process produces a dark, crumbly matter that can be used as fertiliser in garden soil. The main stages of composting are:

  • Organic materials from the green waste recycling bins and hedge cuttings, leaves etc from the public sector are tipped.
  • Micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, break down the soft material. Small creatures such as worms and insects then break down the tougher material.
  • Constant monitoring of the material is essential, as temperature, moisture content and oxygen levels need to be retained at specific levels to allow the bacteria to thrive and carryout the process.
  • The temperature must exceed 70ºC at least twice to kill any weed seeds.
  • The whole process takes around 8 weeks, and results in a nutrient-rich fertiliser.
  • Compost is rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil.

Composting organisms require four equally important things to work effectively:

  • Carbon — for energy; the microbial oxidation of carbon produces the heat.  High carbon materials tend to be brown and dry.
  • Nitrogen — to grow and reproduce more organisms to oxidize the carbon.  High nitrogen materials tend to be green (or colourful, like fruits and vegetables) and wet.
  • Oxygen — for oxidizing the carbon, the decomposition process.
  • Water — in the right amounts to maintain activity without causing anaerobic conditions.

Certain ratios of these elements will provide beneficial bacteria with the nutrients to work at a rate that will heat up the pile. In that process much water will be released as vapour (“steam”), and the oxygen will be quickly depleted, explaining the need to actively manage the pile. The hotter the pile gets, the more often added air and water is necessary; the air/water balance is critical to maintaining high temperatures until the materials are broken down. At the same time, too much air or water also slows the process, as does too much carbon (or too little nitrogen).

We use West Coast Composting for the disposal of branches and tree waste that comes from our landscaping works here at Coombe and Sharpe Landscaping Ltd. We have used the services of West Coast Composting for several years now and have found them a professional organisation to work with. Their prices are very competitive and as a waste disposal route for our landscaping business, they are a firm part of our environmental management plan and we would recommend them to others.

Helen Sharpe, Coombe & Sharpe Landscaping Ltd

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