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Our Approach | Pride in Our Products

At EARTHCO we strive to manufacture products that meet and exceed the various specifications used by landscape architects.

We regularly have our soils tested at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in Truro to verify the organic content and pH.

We use compost and not manure to minimize the potential for weeds in our soils.

The same high standards are used in the production of our natural bark, coloured mulches and compost.

Soils Division

We take pride in securing the right raw materials, the right texture and percentages of silt, sand, clay and compost (the organic content), to create premium quality organic soil mixes. Blueberry compost is used in all of our triple mix garden soils. You can be sure there is no plastic, glass or needles in our compost.

All of our loamy soils whether for new lawns, gardens, top dressing for existing lawns, sport field mix, and golf course divot mix are screened through a maximum ¾” screen.

Our premium triple mix garden soil is made with Blueberry Compost. We control this product from the world’s largest wild blueberry processing plant in Oxford, Nova Scotia to our soil processing facility.

To minimize the exposure to weed seeds that blow in the wind we try to maintain only one month’s supply of our various soil mixes at any one time.

Mulch Division

We strive to produce a natural bark mulch that is appealing, has the aroma of bark yet is not decomposed to the extent that it has become a good growing medium, e.g. compost. Quality bark, we suggest, should only be permitted to decompose for a year or two depending on the ageing or curing process, and not for decades. We began processing our own natural bark and manufacturing colour enhanced mulches because we were not satisfied with the quality.

Some sources of bark in Nova Scotia are from old saw mill and pulp mill dump sites. Bark at these locations can be between 20 and 30 years old and has significantly decomposed having a high organic content and a pH in the 7 range. Soil analysis on this material by the Nova Scotia Agriculture College indicates its composition is very similar to the compost we use in our soil mixes to ensure they meet landscape architects specifications to enhance plant growth.

What makes a good quality bark? Obtaining strips of bark as it is peeled at saw mills, grinding it to obtain a fairly consistent size and then letting it age for a year or two provides, we suggest, the best type and quality of bark mulch. The longer it ages the more it decomposed and the finer the texture. If it is too fine it tends to wash or blow away and with decomposition it becomes compost.

Our colour enhanced dyed wood mulch is made with the same dedication to quality. We harvest our own raw materials to ensure the process begins properly. Stocked colours are black and red. Other colours available on special order and subject to minimum tractor trailer load lots.

A Personalized Approach
Processing Facilities in:
Sackville, N.S.
Rawdon, N.S.
Oxford, N.S.