Focus on Connecticut: Landscaping Products and Organics Recycling in 4 Convenient Locations, with 3 Simple Steps

Mulch, Compost & Topsoil

special delivery by HarvestAre you scrambling to get a good Mother’s Day present? (And if you are a mother, have you considered getting yourself your own present?) Consider the gift of simple gardening! We know, it might sound random, but spreading a 2-3” layer of mulch now will spare you hours of weeding later in the season. If you want to dig deeper, high-quality soil blends will also bring a bountiful harvest later in the season.

Harvest New England produces the high-quality landscaping products you want at four convenient CT locations. Quality mulch selections, rich organic compost, enriched topsoil and custom soil blends can be picked up at any of our locations.

Yard Waste Disposal & Organics Recycling

Is a Spring Clean Up still on your horizon? Need yard waste recycling or wood and stump grinding services? We recycle organic materials like logs, branches and tree limbs, leaves, brush. We’re also your resource for food waste composting. Bring your yard waste to any of our locations in Connecticut for fast service. Harvest brings decades of organics recycling management experience to serving the “green” landscaping needs of homeowners, businesses, and municipalities.

 

Get a Price Quote for Mulch, Compost or Topsoil

placing an order online FIRST, TELL US WHAT YOU NEED. Go to our contact page and request a quote. If you have a specific project in mind (leveling the yard, topdressing the lawn, mulching the landscape, installing raised beds) feel free to share! We love to hear more about how our products are being used. If you have a question about our products, ask away!  We’re happy to answer your questions.

order delivery - confirmation over phoneSECOND, WE CONFIRM THE DELIVERY DETAILS WITH YOU. We’ll give you a call (or email) back within 18 hours – usually sooner – and verify your order details and payment information.  If you have any question marks we can often help you figure out how much you need, and which products will make the most sense for your needs.

place an order - deliveryTHIRD, THE DELIVERY GETS SCHEDULED. Our policy is to dump on the driveway or just off the edge with the tires on the driveway.

 

NOTE! When scheduling a delivery there are a few important things to consider. Dump trucks are not made to drive on lawns or off of obvious roads; lawn damage almost always occurs. Also, they need to be on level firm ground in order to dump without tipping over or sinking into a lawn. Just because a cement truck got to a location does not mean a dump truck can get to the same spot. Always have an alternate dumping spot available. Our drivers are experienced professionals. It is their responsibility to alert you to possible dangers and hazards. It’s also your responsibility to alert them to obstacles, sink holes, septics, and such. Be aware of tree limbs, overhead wires and roof overhangs. During wet weather a dump truck can crack the edge of a driveway. It is our driver’s final decision whether or not they can dump in the desired location. Any instruction by the customer to dump elsewhere (not on the driveway or just off the edge with the tires on the driveway) will be the customer’s responsibility for any damage.

How to solve the food waste problem

Maclean'sMaclean’s, “How to solve the food waste problem,” by Cinda Chavich:

Billions of dollars worth of good food is thrown away each year. Now some businesses and cities are saying no.

 

Cleveland Indians Have Home-Field Advantage on Recycling

ny timesThe New York Times, “Cleveland Indians Have a Home-Field Advantage on Recycling,” by Diane Cardwell

As governments and industry seek to reduce emissions of methane — a more powerful heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide — by limiting the amount of organic waste in landfills, large food processors are looking for new ways to get rid of their leftovers. Food waste, an estimated 34 million tons a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent figures, is the largest component of landfills, which are responsible for roughly 18 percent of the nation’s methane emissions.

Videos of Your Favorite Mulches in New England

Watch Videos of Your Favorite Mulches, Available in New England Connecticut – Delivery Too!

Sometimes the best part of gardening is dreaming and planning. For all of you getting geared up to transform your landscape, here’s a summary – with videos – of our most popular mulches offered by Harvest New England out of Connecticut sites in Farmington, Fairfield, Ellington and Wallingford.

EcoMulch
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Eco Mulch is a great all around mulch that is the perfect alternative to conventional bark mulch. It is a natural product that has been made from double ground and composted brush and yard trimmings. Decorative, easy to spread and very beneficial for both soil and plants.
Northwoods Bark
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Available only in our Fairfield location. A True Premium Bark Mulch. An especially attractive blend of Pine, Fir, and Hemlock from Northern New England. Looks and smells great. Maintains its color better and lasts longer than other natural mulches.
Pine Blend
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One of our most popular mulches. Easy to spread. An unbeatable combination of quality and value. Our special blend of Northern New England bark and aged ground softwoods makes it darker than our Northwoods Bark.
Hemlock Mulch
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We carry a 100% Natural Hemlock. Straight from Northern New England. A beautiful reddish hue distinguishes this hard to find mulch.
Brick Red Mulch
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We start with clean ground wood and then color it to a rich, red hue using a non-toxic, natural colorant. Adds a dramatic and long-lasting color statement to your landscaping.
Ultra Brown Mulch
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Our most popular colored mulch. Generously dyed with a non toxic colorant. It holds its color longer than traditional mulches and features a consistent natural brown look. Most customers who visit our yards end up choosing Ultra Brown.
Midnight Black Mulch
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Midnight Black looks great when you put it down and stays looking great. This colorized mulch provides great contrast for colorful plantings. If you’re looking for a dark mulch this is the mulch for you.
Fine Grind
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A shredded and screened composted mulch that is easy to spread. Twice as fine as our standard mulch, it breaks down quickly adding valuable nutrients to the soil. If “mulch build-up” is an issue this is the mulch for you.
Canadian Cedar Mulch
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100% Canadian Cedar. This brown mulch is superior in its resistance to decomposition and ability to repel insects.
Red Cedar Mulch
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A colorized version of our Canadian Cedar. Great texture and color with all the benefits of Cedar.
Playground Carpet
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Ground virgin wood chips for use under playground equipment. Also used for walking paths.This untreated mulch is safe for children and pets, of course.
Green Peet
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Green Peet is wood fines formally used in horse bedding that has been naturally aged. It is a rich dark chestnut color with a fine consistency that is easy to spread. Use it in the same manner as other peat products to enhance the garden.

Inspired?  Contact us today for a quote.

Container Gardening, the Harvest Way

The Four Key Ingredients of Container Gardening Potting Mixes

Potting Mix of purple pot with purple and white flowers Container Gardening is the most popular form of gardening in the world. Container gardening allows for gardeners to take advantage of every square inch of available space to grow beautiful seasonal flowers, tasty herbs or productive vegetables. Prior to planting in the container of choice – which can range from beautiful ceramic or terra-cotta to half barrels to plastic 5 gallon buckets – there must be discipline in the soil selected to accommodate the selected plant. That is the focus of our content today: to know potting mix components.

Most potting mix soils manufactured today primarily focus on porosity and drainage. Container soils that do not drain efficiently create an environment that contributes to bacterial and fungal diseases which shorten the lifespan of plants and never allows the plant(s) to thrive. We, as gardeners can control how much water we apply during hand watering. But during periods of heavy natural rain, containers can become waterlogged if the soil does not drain, and that begins a downward spiral that leads to disappointing performance.

Harvest’s potting mixes are manufactured using components that contribute to the beneficial movement of water through containers during wet times, and in opposite conditions, are capable of holding moisture during dry periods. Potting soils are very much like a jigsaw puzzle; all the particles in the soil must connect to each other and contribute to the completed puzzle. Four primary soil components create this potting mix jigsaw puzzle:

  1. Aged Pine Bark Fines- From the bark of Southern Yellow and or Loblolly Pine, we place bark fines in composting windrows for many months until specific temperatures are reached and the bark has aged as indicated by physical and laboratory testing. Aged bark is critical because of its increased water holding capacity. Some soils are made using “green” bark that is not aged and because green bark does not absorb water, the water just runs off of the product and there is minimal absorption. In comparison, aged barks performs like thousands of little tiny sponges in the soil, absorbing moisture when wet, then slowly releasing moisture as the soil dries. But most important for aged pine bark fines is the unique particle size and shape that allows for air to circulate through the soil, providing oxygen to the roots.
  2. Peat Moss- When blended in perfect proportion with aged pine bark fines and compost, peat moss is an asset to containers because of its moisture holding capacity and porosity. But when not co-mingled perfectly, peat moss does become hydrophobic and actually repels water. The pine bark and compost compliment peat moss by sharing its water holding capabilities.
  3. Compost- Compost is used for many reasons but primarily for providing natural organic matter which is immediately available to the plant due to the nitrogen and phosphorous forms being quick to break down and available to the plants. Compost also has excellent water holding and particle size that helps with oxygen exchange.
  4. Perlite- Perlite is eye candy to container gardeners. Its rounded texture adds to porosity and air flow through the soil. The one downside to perlite is its heavy carbon footprint. Therefore most professional growers would exchange aged pine bark fines for perlite as they deliver equal results with lower environmental impacts.

TROUBLE SHOOTING CORNER: If, when you water a container, the water just runs down the sides and out, that soil has become hydrophobic and this was likely caused by the peat moss. The solution? Water slowly and with warm water and this will get the mix out of this state. Learn more about Container and Potted Plant home gardening.

Looking for a great potting mix?

Nature's Pride Select Organic Potting Mix Superpowered Organic Potting MixSelecting a potting mix is similar to buying shoes: once you know your needs (flowers, vegetables, herbs, or tropical) you need to try the mix out to make sure it fits your needs. Many experienced gardeners modify standard mixes for specific plants, but buying high quality potting mixes as Harvest produces – see our Superpowered Organic Potting Mix with Organic Fertilizer and our Nature’s Pride Select Organic Potting Mix with cow fibre for examples – will provided you with a decided growing advantage immediately.

By Dave Devine

Food Marketing Institute: The Power of Food Waste

Food Marketing Institute logoFMI, “The Power of Food Waste,” by Jeanne von Zastrow, Senior Director for Sustainability, Food Marketing Institute.

Our second stop took us to Harvest Power, a company whose vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each year. Currently, compostable organic material makes up the largest and heaviest portion of the overall waste stream in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Great Gardens Have Great Soils

Four Components of Great Soil - Organic Content, Mineral Soil, Moisture, Air“Feed your soil, not the plants,” is an expression often used by expert gardeners, as well as companies such as Harvest that have invested deeply into the management of organic materials. Our organization has built its foundation around the notion that the earth is better served by adding valuable organic matter back into garden soils and landscapes throughout North America, rather than having organics decompose in landfills surrounded by plastic and metal.

Every garden using organic matter in their gardens, whether it is a soil amendment product such as a Garden Soil or a natural mulch, is contributing to the betterment of your garden soil. The utter simplicity of how organic matter benefits garden soils is summed up in just a few very important horticultural concepts.

  • Porosity Soils need to breath. There are literally billions of living microscopic friendly fungi and bacteria in your soil along with millions of beneficial insects. They thrive and consume organic matter when there is plenty of oxygen in the soil. Porosity opens up the soil and allows air to flow to the best friends a garden can have: the microbial environment.
  •  Moisture A balanced moisture content maintains healthy soils and the biology in the soil perform to their expectations. When the soil is terribly wet, the soil absorbs. When the soil is too dry, the soil particles hold moisture. Moisture consistency is best for the biology to thrive.
  •  Disease Suppression Our friends at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences articulate this point very well in their article on Organic Manuring and Soil Amendments:

In some instances, adding large amounts of organic materials to soil results in reduced populations of plant-parasitic nematodes and higher crop yields. The reduction in nematodes is thought to be caused, at least in part, by an increase in natural enemies of nematodes. In addition, the presence of decomposing organic materials in the soil apparently provides host plants with some tolerance to nematode attack.

In the end, the management of your soil is the most critical aspect of great gardens: it’s the foundation for success and enjoyment of your garden. When your soil is healthy the sheer enjoyment of being in a garden begins.

WHAT NEXT?

4 steps for improving your soilIf you’re now inspired to improve your garden soil, here are our four simple tips to adding beneficial organic matter and texture to your soil:

  1. APPLY a 2-4” layer of soil amendment
  2. MIX to a 6-12” depth (this will also add porosity)
  3. SMOOTH with a rake
  4. PLANT seeds, seedlings, vegetables, herbs, flowers, or ornamentals.

Of course water thoroughly after planting, and ENJOY YOUR GARDEN!

Written by Gardening Expert Dave Devine

Earth Day 2015 – “Take Back Compost” Day in NewWest BC, and More!

Earth Day 2015 is HERE!

2015.04 - NewWest BC - Take Back Compost Soil TippedHarvest Power is participating in various ways across North America. A few glimpses:

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC

Earlier this week Harvest provided compost – made from food scraps and yard trimmings from the residents and businesses in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia – to the citizens of New Westminster, BC in their “Take Back Compost Day” event. 2015.04 NewWest BC Take Back Compost Day - GroupNutrients from food scraps came full circle in the form of our Garden Blend, scooped up by residents eager to put it back onto their gardens.

2015.04 - NewWest BC Take Back Compost All GoneStill want a scoop?  We can arrange deliveries (minimum of 3 cubic yards) from Richmond, or pick up as little as 1/2 yard at our site on the North Shore.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

This week we’re at Biomass Conference and Expo. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Kieran takes the stage to talk about carbon, organic waste, clean energy, anaerobic digestion, and all sorts of juicy intersections with a sustainable future. Learn more about Harvest’s clean energy options.

CENTRAL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

2015.04 EarthDayVisaliaLogoThis Saturday April 25 we’ll be at the City of Visalia and Tulare’s Earth Day / Arbor Day celebration.  Come say hi to Jerry and learn more about our compost products available to the Central Valley of California.

We’ll also be at the Town of Bourne’s Earth Day Celebration at the Residential Recycling Center in case anyone has questions about the proposed project on the Cape.

How and where are you celebrating Earth Day?

Black Mulch with BiGro™ Adds “Tidy, Finished Look” to Landscape

bigro black mulch on landscapeWe recently received photos from David of his lovely landscape in Virginia. Taking advantage of the balmy springtime weather, David and his wife used 85 bags of Black Mulch with BiGro™ to add a “tidy, finished look” their front entrance and landscaping.

They are anticipating a hot summer, and figure the mulch will help moderate temperatures for the plants, retain moisture and of course suppress weeds! David described the bags as “a clean and convenient option” for this project.

Looks great, and thanks for sharing!

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The rich black color provides a nice accent to the landscape.

 

May the Fourth Be With You… to Compost and Garden

Celebrating an excellent – and unexpected – cultural mash up: Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) and International Compost Awareness Week (the first week of May) with these stormtroopers.