FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why would I use compost in my garden?
Restoring old soil needs addressing to create the perfect growing medium for your plants. Adding soil amender will allow your plants to hold moisture and nutrients around the root system. This provides air for growing roots to breath. Good soil supports the plants growth and provides the plant with a secure hold in the soil. Making sure you use good soil is paramount to reaping the rewards of a good products.
Why would I use mulch in my garden?
Mulching your garden can help in many ways. It is a time saving measure as it helps keep your garden weed free and it is drought resistant. This is a time saving measure in watering, weeding and pest problems.
How do I know how much garden or aggregate product I will require?
This depends on the area of coverage and the type of product. Calculating the amount of product a customer needs is one of the most requested services. Most of the time a customer knows the length, width and depth of the area they are planning for, but aren't exactly sure how to calculate how many tons of material they'll actually need.
Many of the materials we sell are measured by the cubic yard including soils, mulches and compost. Construction aggregates are sold by the ton.
A cubic yard is the volume of material which fits in a space one yard wide by one yard deep by one yard high. Cubic yards are used to measure compost, soil and mulch for your garden.
To determine the amount of material you need in cubic yards, start by measuring the area you are working with ensuring all three dimensions are in the same unit of measurement. Thus, if you have an area 20’ by 6’ that is to be covered 3 inches deep: 20’ x 6’ x 0.25’ (3” is a quarter of a foot) = 30 cubic feet, or just a bit more than a yard of material.
To figure out how many tons you will need is not hard to do. You will have to know that the standard weight used for crushed rock is 2700 pounds per cubic yard. Multiply the number of cubic yards by 2700 and divide by 2000. This value is the number of tons that you will need. An important consideration when figuring out how much product you will need will be to round up your calculations so that you won't be short of material.
You have to allow for compaction and you want to make sure you have enough material for the project. A good rule of thumb is to allow 5 percent for this.
1 yard = 27 cubic feet, or 3' x 3' x 3'
1 yard will cover about 100 sq. ft. about 3 inches deep
Topsoil & Mushroom Soil Volumes
1 yard of topsoil or mushroom soil will cover 80 sq. ft. about 4 inches deep
What product do you suggest using on my driveway?
3/4 Minus Crushed Rock is an excellent material to use for driveway applications. 3/4" or 1" Road mulch can also be used as a base for concrete, asphalt or as the driveway material itself. Other options are decorative limestone (softer stone). If your driveway is planned properly you can expect many years of trouble-free service from it.
What is aggregate?
An aggregate is sand, gravel and crushed stone – all products of a pit or quarry.
What is the difference between sand and gravel and crushed rock?
Sand and gravels are naturally occurring in pits while crushed rock is a product of blasting and crushing rock in a quarry.
What is a quarry and how is it different from a sand or gravel pit?
Generally, a pit contains loose sand and gravel that are directly excavated whereas a quarry contains bedrock which must first be blasted before being crushed to size. A pit will produce mostly round stones whereas all quarry products are sharp-edged from crushing.
Do you just dig up the sand and gravel and sell it?
In some ways, yes, but there is a lot more to providing high quality products. The process starts with breaking up larger pieces by crushing followed by screening and further crushing if needed. Screening and classifying separates particles of similar size into one pile. Some of the products may even get washed depending on the type of product. Washed, called ‘clear,’ gravel will not have any fines (dust, clay, fine grains) as it is all removed.