ENRICHING THE SOIL NATURALLY SINCE 1992
What is Compost?
Compost is the product of the controlled decomposition of organic matter that has been stabilized through the generation of heath and stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. Compost has the unique ability to improve the physical and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. Compost contains plant nutrients but is not characterized as a fertilizer.
How Do I Compost at Home?
Backyard composting is one of the easiest ways to join St. Louis Composting in making the world a little greener. Here’s how to get started: The recipe has three ingredients: equal parts of brown and green material plus water for moisture.
How to Backyard Compost
1. Select a dry, shady spot near a water source for your compost pile or bin.
2. Chop and shred brown and green materials into small pieces.
3. Cover the composting area with a 6-inch layer of brown materials.
4. Add a 3-inch layer of green materials and a little soil or finished compost.
5. Lightly mix the two layers above.
6. Top with a 3-inch layer of brown materials, adding water until moist.
7. Aerate the compost pile weekly by mixing it with a pitchfork or shovel - moving dry materials from the edges into the middle of the pile. Continue until the pile does not re-heat significantly after aerating.
When the compost turns dark brown or black (one to four months) it is ready to use.
What is STA-Certified Compost?
How Does Compost Enhance the Growing Process?
What is Top Dressing and How Does it Benefit my Lawn?
Top dressing your lawn involves the direct application of a layer of compost and/or other organic material to grass. Step-by-Step Guide to Top Dressing:
Can Colored Mulches Harm My Garden?
While some mulches are dyed using a chemical process, colored mulch produced by St. Louis Composting uses an organic dye that is no more toxic than table sugar. Our colored mulches are 100% safe for your yard, family and even Fido.
Can I Drop Lumber at Your Facility?
St. Louis Composting accepts untreated lumber products at our facility. Lumber that contains paint or varnish will not be accepted. For more specific questions about lumber drops, please call our Valley Park headquarters at 636-861-3344.
Do You Sell Firewood?
No. St. Louis Composting no longer sells firewood at any of our facilities.
Can I Drop Off My Christmas Tree at Your Facility?
Yes. Drop off your Christmas tree at any of the St. Louis Composting locations. The fee is $1 per tree.
Can I Bring Materials to Your Facility in a Plastic Bag?
If you transport materials to St. Louis Composting in a plastic bags or containers, all compost material MUST remove from the bag before depositing. A single-stream recycling bin is available to deposit used plastic bags or containers after they have been emptied of all organic material.
Does St. Louis Composting Accept Food Waste, Animal Bedding or Cardboard?
Our Belleville, IL and St. Louis City facilities accept pre-consumer food waste, animal bedding and waxed cardboard. If you have products that you would like to drop off that are not listed on our site, please contact us prior to drop off at 636-861-3344.
Will You Come to My House and Tell Me How Much Material I Need?
Unfortunately, we do not offer on-site measuring services. For your convenience, we do offer a cubic yard calculator on this website to help you assess your product needs based on dimensions you provide, CUBIC YARD CALCULATOR.
Will You Come and Spread Mulch, Compost or Soil at My Home?
We do not offer spreading services to homeowners. We provide garden material to a large number of landscape contractors that would be happy to help. We do offer large scale commercial blown mulch services through our affiliate company Eco Constructors, www.eco-constructors.com.
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University of Missouri Extension
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Composting & Organics Association of Missouri
U.S. Composting Council
Environmental Protection Agency
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National Agriculture in the Classroom
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