“As we have developed our Business, we have added products that help to save clubs time and money by producing man hour costs and even cut down how much bulk they need to buy.”

Green Compost Features:

• Great Consistency
• Sustainability
• Provides the ability to blend at any time of year
• Provides improved performance over “regular soils”

Green Compost Benefits

• Nutrient supply source
• Reduced loss of nutrient (eg through leaching)
• Improved Cation Exchange Capacity
• Helps increase root mass
• Improves water/oxygen holding capacity of soil
• Increases microbial activity
• Aids suppression of soil borne diseases
• Helps to reduce thatch build-up
• Cost benefits (eg 35% lighter than traditional soil)
• Helps the environment (stops need to strip peat and soil from existing ‘green’ areas).

The future and our environment

The growth of the composting industry is occurring at a time when environmental pressures are pushing for the reduced extraction and utilisation of peat and when the popularity of bark based products has caused a shortage in supply. Further, most landscapers will admit that it has become increasingly more difficult to locate high quality topsoils to use on their projects, and that soils have become more expensive to purchase.

The development of previously used land (Brownfield sites) will be a continuing feature of future development. Most of these sites have little or no degraded topsoils. Large savings can be made in the development of Brownfield sites if the topsoil is manufactured ‘on-site’ using site subsoil and imported certified compost for the organic matter. The effective and economic use of materials is an important indicator of sustainable development.

The production and availability of ‘true’ composts has increased significantly in the UK, coinciding with the adoption of national recycling targets and European environmental law. While compost availability has already expanded, supply will continue to grow over the next 20 years. Additional composting facilities and greater volumes of finished product will lead to a broad based availability of compost throughout the UK. Increases in production volumes should keep the overall cost of compost stable for the foreseeable future, and since it is essentially a product derived from secondary resources, the supply of product will continue to grow (unlike other products which will become less available, or will continue to degrade in quality). Also as the UK composting industry has continued to mature, it has learned how to produce consistent, high quality products that are fit for purpose, as well as a variety of blended products.

So, as has been discussed earlier, the use of ‘true’ composts has already been proven within the UK landscaping industry in a variety of applications, and research and field usage has demonstrated that composts possess a broad array of agronomic benefits.

As important, by using compost to improve the overall soil health, sustainable landscapes are being produced which will require fewer inputs over time and which will have the ability to better persist in times of environmental stress.

—Extracted from Landscape Industry Journal.

Whitemoss Eco has pioneered the use of Certified and Approved Green Compost into the sports and amenity sector since 1999.

Today, over 99% of all our blended products are supplied with pas 100/2005 approved compost as the preferred organic amendment despite having in excess of 20 years supply of our own Reed Sedge Peat Soil remaining in our quarry.