Compost Application Rates

NCF Finished Product

The composting process is a naturally occurring process in which Bacteria breaks down the biosolids and wood material into a top soil like material. This material resembles the upper layer of the forest floor after the top layer of leaves has been scraped away. It is a dark fluffy material that has an earthy smell, a 40-60% moisture content, and approximately a 2-2-2 nutrient value. Compost is best used as a soil amendment in both heavy clay and sandy soils.

The slow release properties and its ability to hold water also make compost desirable for use in landscaping, flower beds, and ornamental gardens.  Many landscapers have begun using compost to artificially create a top soil layer before installing sod grasses.  This artificial top soil layer helps hold moisture close to the root zone of the sod grass, and helps reduce shock to the sod.  this same process has also proven beneficial in the preparation of flower beds and other types of applications.

Neches Compost Facility produces and sells two basic types of compost, Lawn & Landscape and the Potting Soil blend. Biosolid compost is compost made from treated de-watered wastewater treatment plant sludge. Both product lines are tested for quality control purposes, and for pathogens, metals, and other nuisance causing organisms.

In either case, both products are continually tested according to state and federal regulations for quality assurance and public health related reasons. Below are links to application rate table that contain helpful hints and suggestions for use of biosolid compost.

Biosolid Compost Application Rates

Natural Wood Compost Application Rates

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