COMPOST


"Don't get fooled by those other compost blends that derive from sewage treatment plants. There are very few that blend with shellfish compost like we do!"

Dubois Livestock has been in the composting business since 1980 with a licensed compost facility processing fish and shellfish as well as hen and cow manure. This sea and farm derived ingredients are sure to enhance your green thumb. Our products promote superior results for turf projects, gardening and farming.

We put our compost through a 3/4" screen after the curing process. It is then ready to be delivered or we can load your own truck. Bulk delivery service is available throughout New England.

You'll be pleasantly surprised by our rich products, friendly service and fair pricing!

Fish Compost Information*

The basic definition of compost is: the material resulting from the consumption of organic material by bacteria, fungus, and other organisms. The maine use of compost is to enrich or feed the soil to enhance the growth of plants. The science and culture of composting is the facilitation of the breakdown of organic material into a useable product under controlled conditions. The art of composting is setting up and maintaining the environmental conditions under which these microorganisms can multiply and flourish.

The composting process is actually the cultivation of an astonishing diversity of countless billions of microorganisms that exist naturally everywhere at relatively low levels. The organic matter referred to as 'feedstock' is prepared in a variety of formulas and conditions utilizing air, moisture and particle size to provide an ideal growing environment so that these microorganisms can consume the given feedstock. This process is very much alive. For example, a handful of compost contains literally billions of organisms occupying as much as 50% of the contents of any given compost. These microorganisms can be referred to as a type of 'livestock'; a reference used by the founder of modern composting Sir Albert Howard, C.I.E., M.A., a British mycologist and agriculturist.


Load of cooked lobster shells to be mixed for composting

Marcel & Dawson getting a bucket of horse manure to mix in compost

Marcel mixing a small batch of compost

Mixing the compost

Marcel mixing lobster into compost

Marcel mixing compost with a CAT 988B

The particular feedstocks utilized at Dubois Livestock's composting facility is lobster, crab and dog fish waste, ground up forest byproducts and horse bedding from local farms. The fish based component provides the protein feedstock and the wood based component provides the carbohydrate feedstock to stimulate the culture of the microrganisms. This process is conceptually similar to the culture of cheese, yoghurt and wine, for example. All of these products require specific feedstock and ideal environmental conditions to stimulate the culture of desirable microorganisms to produce an intended end product.

Compost which provides plant nutrition however is fundamentally different than commercial plant fertilizers in a number of significant ways. Most importantly, the production of compost is exclusively a biological process and the production of commercial fertilizer is a manufacturing process dealing with inert materials (elements and compounds). Commercial fertilizers are a form of direct feeding of nutrients to plants in the form of simple manufactured compounds. There is no benefit to the soil, as a matter of fact it is now widely recognized that commercial fertilizers can be detrimental to the soil and the environment. Compost provides plants with a complex array of essential nutrients already bio-synthesized into complete proteins, etc. This is due solely to the fact that compost is alive with microorganisms that interact symbiotically with plants.

One of the most significant benefits of compost applied to soil is the stimulation and culture of fungal microorganisms known as mycorrhiza. These organisms form what is known as the mycorrhizal association that is the living fungus bridge between humus in the soil and the roots of plants. This living bridge acts as a transfer process exchanging complex essential nutrient compounds between plant and fungi. Recent research is pointing to the likelihood that the vast majority of plant species require this relationship for long term survival. This symbiotic relationship between plants and soil organisms is now being recognized as critical to healthy plant growth and is revolutionizing the way we view plant nutrition.


How to use compost
Application Rates
 
  •   1 cubic yard (27 cubic feet) applied to a depth of:
      1 inch ( 2.5 cm) covers 324 square feet per yard
      2 inches ( 5 cm) covers 162 square feet per yard
      3 inches (7.5 cm) covers 108 square feet per yard

     

  •   1 - 30 litre bag (1 cubic foot) applied at:
      1/4 inch covers 48 square feet
      1/2 inch covers 24 square feet
      1 inch covers 12 square feet

  •   1 - 15 litre bag (.5 cubic feet) applied at:

      1/4 inch covers 24 square feet
      1/2 inch covers 12 square feet
      1 inch covers 6 square feet


  • Stock piles of unscreened fish compost

    Marcel screening compost

    Screening compost

    Load of compost to deliver


    Loam picked up is $16.00 yd./Compost $25.00 yd.
    We load your truck in Arundel with a $30.00 minimum.

    Dark Mulch also available. Picked up is $30.00 yd.

    CALL US TODAY!

    COMPOST
    YardPrice Per Yd.Total
    2 yds. @$55.00  =$110.00
    3 yds. @$46.00  =$138.00
    4 yds. @$40.00  = $160.00
    5 yds. @$38.00  = $190.00
    6 yds. @$37.00  = $222.00
    8 yds. @$36.00  = $288.00
    10 yds. @$35.00  = $350.00
    12 yds. @$34.00  = $408.00
    15 yds. @$33.00  = $495.00
    18 yds. @$32.00  = $576.00
    20 yds. @$31.00  = $620.00
    25 yds. @$30.00  = $750.00
    Home | About Us | Topsoil/Loam | Excavating | Price List | Quote | Contact Us
    * Some Information from EARTHBANK®

    Web site designed by Stardom Design