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Frequently Asked Questions


Mulch & Soil


Are the dyed mulches safe to use in garden beds? Do they contain any chemicals?

The dye used is a non-toxic product.  The mulch is safe for children, plants and animals.



Will the color fade from the dyed mulches?

The mulch is manufactured in a way so that’s made for longevity. The material is aged for a few months after the dye is applied. This process will provide an acceptable time line for the dye to soak into the mulch properly which will allow the color to be consistent throughout the season. It will also help slow down the break-down process of the mulch. 



Do you spread the mulch?

We do not spread the mulch.  We can try and dump the mulch in an area that is most convenient but we do not spread it.



Does your mulch have termites?

NO, our mulch does not have termites. Termites like moist areas, once the mulch is applied in a garden bed it will create moisture which can attract termites and allow them to be active. However, termites can’t live in a pile of mulch, once it dries out, they will die. In addition, mulch is NOT a viable food source for them. When applying mulch, it is important to try and leave at least a 6” gap between the bed and the house. Moisture is necessary for any garden, mulch provides the necessary moisture and environment, for a garden bed to thrive. 



What?s the difference between your dyed mulches and your natural mulches?

Our dyed mulches, which are either the black dyed or brown dyed, have been dyed to give them their color. These types of mulches typically last a little longer than the natural mulches do and don’t break down as quickly. Our natural mulches, which are either the hardwood, bark and leaf mulch (some may refer to it as leaf compost) don’t have any dyes to give them their color. These tend to decompose a little bit quicker than the dyed mulches. All of our mulch is triple shredded.



What is in your premium compost?

The compost that we carry is from Laurel Valley Soils. It consists of a number of aged and agricultural bi-products. Some of the products used include hay, straw, peat moss, corn cobs and poultry litter to name a few.



Do you sell mushroom soil?

We do not sell mushroom soil, but we do sell premium compost (see above description). Mushroom soil, in some cases, can have a very high acid level and can be harmful to the plants in your garden bed.



About Compost & Soil
  • Fresh raised garden bed
  • Use the screened enriched topsoil not the straight compost
  • Old garden beds
  • Till premium compost in the old soil
  • Lawn Renovation or topdressing
  • Just needs to reseed and enrich – use the premium compost 
  • Has a lot of divots and bold spots – use the enriched topsoil


Fill dirt vs Regular soil vs Topsoil
  • Fill dirt we have is recommended to only use for filling in pools, ponds, etc. 
  • Not able to rake out
  • Regular Soil
  • Use for fill
  • Do not use for planting grass
  • Use for creating a berm
  • Use to raise large levels of lawn
  • Not screened or treated for weed particles
  • Enriched topsoil
  • Use to plant new grass seed
  • Use to create new garden beds
  • Use for patching lawns
  • 50/50 combination of premium compost and screened soil



Delivery


What is the minimum amount of material I have to purchase for delivery?

We just charge a minimum dollar.  If you don’t meet the minimum dollar between delivery cost and materials we can just charge the flat rate.



How much notice is needed to get a delivery scheduled?

We will need about 3-4 days’ notice, especially in the spring/summer.



Special Order Items
  • Belagard – Pavers & Wallstone
  • Cambridge – Pavers & Wallstone
  • Travertine
  • Outdoor Porcelain pavers
  • Outdoor Fireplaces & Pits
  • Veneer Stone
  • Large quantities of materials we will do price breaks
  • 20 tons of stone or dirt
  • 60 yards of mulch


Can you deliver in my back yard?

We are able to sometimes, it depends on clearance and how soft the ground is. 

All of our trucks need a MINIMUM of 10 feet for clearance through any gate or fence. 

In some cases, we might not be able to deliver on the grass because there is a chance our truck could get stuck if the ground is too soft. We usually leave it up to the discretion of our driver to determine if the load can be delivered to the backyard or on the grass.




Stone & Boulders


What type of stone is best if being used underneath a shed?

Most people usually use a 57 clean stone which is ¾” in size and it’s the most reasonably priced. The reason being is that the stone is clean and it provides good drainage and a sturdy pad for the shed to sit on. You can also use 2A modified.



How much does a boulder cost?

We sell boulders by the ton. Based on a size of 18”x24”x24” which is a common size boulder will weigh approximately .34 of a ton on average.  Boulders in that size range you will have about 3 boulders per ton.  Smaller boulders that are in the 12”x18”x18” there are about 8 boulders per ton.  The smaller (12”-18”) boulders are about 250 lbs, (18”-24”) Medium 750 lbs and large 24”-40” 1,200 lbs. We always recommend coming out and picking out the boulders.



Do you place boulders?

We can do our best but are only able to put them in a landscape garden bed or in the yard.  Once the boulder rolls off of our forks, we can’t move it again.



Does your River jack stone come in dirty?

Yes, all of our river jack stone gets shipped into our yard dirty and the color can look deceiving at first because of it.  It can be cleaned easily with a garden hose or even just letting it sit out in the rain. The dirt will eventually wash away revealing the actual color of the stones which will range anywhere in the blue, gray, white and red tones. 



What is the minimum amount of material I have to purchase?

We sell all bulk materials in as little as 5gallon bucket quantities (customer is responsible for bringing their own buckets). We also have small bags available for purchase. They are about 3’x4’ bags and weigh about 100 lbs. when filled up



Retaining Wall Blocks
  • We sell Versa-lok Standard Units in Standard Finish (made by CST) size 16” x 12” x 6” 
  • (stocked item)
  • We also sell Versa-lok Square Foot Units (special order, whole pallet only)
  • Offer giving a price on versa-lok pins and C-Caps
  • We do not carry concrete block or hollows


Flagstone Pattern
  • All flagstone is generally called blue stone (if someone says slate they generally mean flagstone)
  • Color Options are blue/blue or full color
  • Style options natural cleft or thermal (gauged)
  • Natural Cleft has a ripple or sheets on the surface of the stone
  • Thermal is completely smooth
  • Stocked flagstone is 1.5”



Conversion Rates


Important conversions for mulch and stone volumes:
  • How to convert square yard to square feet
  • Square Yard x 9 = Square Feet
  • How to convert square feet to yard
  • Square Feet x Dept in Inches / 27
  • How to find area of circle
  • Area = 3.14 x radius²
  • How to find the circumference of a circle
  • Circumference = 2 x 3.14 x radius
  • How many bags of mulch in a yard
  • 13.5 bags of 2 cubic foot bags
  • 9 bags of 3 cubic foot bags
  • How to convert yards to tons
  • Yards x 1.35 = ton
  • River Jack 3-5 – 1 ton = 80 SF Coverage
  • River Jack 1-3 – 1 ton = 100 SF Coverage
  • ¾” Stone – 100 SF @ 2” = 0.83 tons – 100 SF @ 6” = 2.5 tons
  • Mulch – 1 yards = 300 SF @ 1” – 1 yards = 100 SF @3”
  • 5 gallons buckets  - 36 each = 1 yard
  • 18”x18”x24” Boulder on average = 0.34 of a ton or 680 lbs


Pattern Flagstone Conversion

  12x12   

   1 square foot

 

  18x36    

  4.5 square foot  

  12x18

   1.5 square foot 

 

  24x24

  4 square foot

  12x24

   2 square foot

 

  24x30

  5 square foot

  18x18

   2.25 square foot

 

  26x36

  6 square foot

  18x24

   3 square foot

 

  12x30

  2.5 square foot 

  18x30

   3.75 square foot  

 

  12x36

  3 square foot