Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will a cubic yard of compost cover?

A cubic yard will cover one hundred eight square feet three inches deep. For other depths, measure the width (in feet) x length (in feet) x depth (in feet). You now have the volume in cubic feet. Divide that number by 27 (the number of cubic feet in a cubic yard) and you will have the quantity, in cubic yards, needed for your area. (See coverage chart below.)

Where ARE you? What’s your address?

The address is irrelevant;  Google maps will NOT get you to us. Look at the map on the home page. Download it. Bring it with you. Or call us. But if you call us and we give you very clear and precise directions…LISTEN TO THEM AND WRITE THEM DOWN! We are being clear and precise for a reason.

Would you sell me a half cubic yard?

Sure, no problem. In fact, we’ll sell as little as  5 gal. bucket worth if that’s all you need; or we can arrange to delivery 1500 cubic yards if that is what you need.

Do you have some way to load my truck?

Yup. We have a small farm tractor for most private trucks, and various sized loaders for larger trucks and trailers. We cannot load a truck with a camper shell on it, nor any vehicle without top-access. You are always welcome to shovel material yourself.

Do I need to sterilize my compost before adding it to the soil?

No. The living organisms found in high quality compost help promote healthy soil and plants. Healthy soils and plants are better able to defend themselves from pathogens and other predators. In some specific situations, i.e. commercial growing nurseries, a sterile growing medium is called for.

When I pick up product at the compost site, how much will my truck carry?

There are many factors concerning the trucking of our products. The moisture content is the biggest factor in regards to the product itself. The size, age, and suspension of the vehicle are also important factors. We urge you to know the limitations of your vehicle and not to exceed them. It is always better to make two trips than to ruin your vehicle trying to squeeze it all in on one  load.

Approximate pounds per cubic yard

Topsoil Blend 1700
Premium Compost 975
Pecan Shell Mulch 625
Forest Floor Mulch 675
Native Mulch 475
Wood Mulch 400

Do you sell compost tea?

No. Previously on Saturdays at the compost site, we would brew fresh tea. This season, we loaned our brewer to the Rio Grande Community Farm so they may make experiments  as the efficiency of tea applications. So, until they return it, we won’t have any tea for sale. But call us and we can tell you how to brew a reasonable facsimile at home. There is a debate around the industry regarding compost tea. In a nutshell, tea is and should remain alive. When it gets bottled in an air-tight container for shipping or sale, all the aerobic micro-organisms suffocate. Then you have a compost extract. A fine product by itself, but not tea.

How do you make compost tea?

Easy. All you will need is a water-tight bucket, a bag of Premium Compost from Soilutions, a cloth sack, a stick, and some time. Fill the water tight bucket about 3/4 full of water. A five gallon bucket works fine. Put about one gallon of compost into the cloth sack, tie it off, and place in the bucket of water. Wait. Stir with the stick every couple of hours. Wait. Stir. After about 24 hours, remove the sack of compost from the bucket. Place it in your worm bin. What remains in the bucket is a compost tea. You can dilute it or use it straight. Use it as a foliar spray or as a soil drench. Not recommended for human consumption.

Do you use biosolids in your compost?

No. In no part of our composting process do we use biosolids (the solids extracted from the treatment of municipal wastewater, also known as sewage sludge). Because of the potential for the spread of disease, biosolid composters are heavily monitored and regulated. The The NM Department of Agriculture, Organics Program (formerly the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission (NMOCC))does not allow biosolids in its approved composts. For this reason we have not pursued the use of this particular feedstock. Biosolids are high in nitrogen and moisture but also high in salt and heavy metals. Those salts and metals do not disappear or even dissipate during the composting process, producing a compost that is high in heavy metals and salts. While compost made from sludge may be appropriate for some uses, Soilutions does not feel it is a high quality compost suitable the home gardener or organic farmer.

Square Feet Coverage (Acreage Coverage)

Cu. Yd. Application Depth – Inches
1/4” 1/2” 1” 2” 3” 4” 6”
1 1296 648 324 162 108 81 54
2 2592 1296 648 324 216 162 108
3 3888 1944 972 486 324 243 162
4 5184 (.12) 2592 1296 648 432 324 216
5 6480 (.15) 3240 1620 810 540 405 270
6 7776 (.18) 3888 1944 972 648 486 324
7 9072 (.21) 4536 (.10) 2268 1134 756 567 378
8 10368 (.24) 5184 (.12) 2592 1296 864 648 432
9 11664 (.27) 5832 (.13) 2916 1458 972 729 486
10 12960 (.30) 6480 (.15) 3240 1620 1080 810 540
15 19440 (.45) 9720 (.22) 4860 (.11) 2430 1620 1215 810
20 25920 (.60) 12960 (.30) 6480 (.15) 3240 2160 1620 1080
25 32400 (.74) 16200 (.37) 8100 (.19) 4050 2700 2025 1350
30 38880 (.89) 19440 (.45) 9720 (.22) 4860 (.11) 3240 2430 1620
35 45360 (1.04) 22680 (.52) 11340 (.26) 5670 (.13) 3780 2835 1890
40 51840 (1.19) 25920 (.60) 12960 (.30) 6480 (.15) 4320 3240 2160
45 58320 (1.34) 29160 (.67) 14580 (.33) 7290 (.17) 4860 (.11) 3645 2430
50 64800 (1.49) 32400 (.74) 16200 (.37) 8100 (.19) 5400 (.12) 4050 2700
55 71280 (1.64) 35640 (.82) 17820 (.41) 8910 (.20) 5940 (.14) 4455 (.10) 2970

 

7.5 gal = 1 cu ft
27 cu ft = 1 cu yd
43,560 sq ft = 1 acre