Note: We follow the revised (Spring 2000) USDA/NRCS guidelines for healthy soil as specified in the "Soil Biology Primer" available by calling 1-800-THE-SOIL Ext.24 or E-mail at email@example.com. It may also be downloaded and printed from: http://www.soils.usda.gov/sqi/concepts/soil_biology/biology.html
Microbial test reports are available for our products on our web site. As part of our quality control we also run chemical analysis that are equally as good as the biological reports but the state law does not allow us to show them. Our products are 100% organic and made naturally. We do not use any dangerous synthetic chemicals, dies or stains; hence they are safe for children, loved ones and family pets. Our focus is on quality to ensure our customers get the best products for their gardens and landscape projects.
NATIVE HARDWOOD: For years gardening experts have claimed that this is the best mulch of all and now scientific research is backing them up. "Native" mulch is made from recycled fresh green tree and brush material that was recently alive and comes directly from a grinding operation. Recent research has found that mulches made from recycled native trees are the highest quality available. Native mulch is produced from a mix of native deciduous trees (primarily hardwoods) and brush with only a small amount of bark. Our native mulches have a high percentage of buds, shoots, leaves, and cambium layers in them. These materials are rich in protein and other nutrients which is the reason deer and other animals eat them as a food source, hence, these native mulches are many times higher in nutrients than barks. Native mulches encourage the biodiversity of beneficial microbes and earthworms in the soil. They feed the plants naturally as they decompose, and they help prevent plant and soil diseases. Additionally, these mulches resist washing out and blowing much better than bark mulches. Native Mulch is available in several sizes for use in different applications. As an extra benefit we blend in some compost for a darker richer color.
AGED: If the native mulch is composted first it is of even higher quality. The heat of the composting process kills any pathogens and weed seeds that might have been present. The composting process concentrates the nutrients contained in the raw material and stabilizes nitrogen in a form beneficial to plants. The composting process breaks down the cellulose contained in the raw material rendering it a less attractive home for termites and fire ants after it is applied, compared to bark or other woody mulches. Also, the composting process turns the material a rich beautiful chocolate brown color.
SCREENING: The screening process controls the particle size and allows for a beautiful and uniform product. Mulches are available from fine screened to large sizes. For general landscape use, a mulch that contains a range of particle sizes from sawdust to pieces 1" in diameter works best. Note: As screen size gets smaller the prices go up due to much higher production costs.
NATIVE AGED DOUBLE GROUND - This mulch is made from an assortment of native trees. The whole tree is ground up and aged for a few weeks. It is then reground to a finer texture. It is very fibrous hence it resists washing out as the fibers tend to lock together. It has a medium brown color when dry and is an inexpensive way to top dress all beds or use over a compost layer. As the microbes slowly decompose it they will break up heavy clay over time and turn it into a rich soil.
NATIVE FRESH DOUBLE GROUND - This is native mulch made from freshly ground trees, branches, limbs, etc. direct from the grinder. It is then reground to a finer and uniform texture. It is an inexpensive mulch to cover bare areas and prevent erosion. As it decomposes it will provide for a food source for beneficial microbes to break down heavy clay soils.
AZALEA MULCH - This mulch is specially blended to copy the natural mulch layer that azaleas naturally grow in. This blend is made from leaf mold compost, composted native mulch and partially composted pine needles and leaves (shredded) to create a fibrous texture. We add Texas Greensand to increase the iron and other nutrient content and then add sulfur to increase the acidity that azaleas require. This product is designed to encourage the beneficial microbes that azaleas require to be healthy and productive. The heat of the composting process kills any pathogens and weed seeds that might have been present and turns the mulch a rich dark brown color. This mulch quickly breaks down enriching the soil and feeding the plant. It helps create the organically enriched, cool moist root zone required by many plants. This mulch is great for azaleas, hydrangeas, blueberries, camellias, daylilies, gardenias, and any plant that loves acidic mulch and soil conditions.
PLAYGROUND MULCH/GARDEN PATH - This mulch is made to use in playgrounds, garden paths, patio areas or anywhere a coarse mulch is required. It is made from fresh tree limbs that have been ground up hence it is much slower to break down. The ground mulch is then screened twice. The first screening removes all the fine or small sawdust size particles and the second screening removes all the real large material. This double screening keeps the best sizes that are slow to breakdown and easy to walk or play on. It has a wonderful light brown to blonde color that reflects light, keeping the soil cooler and helps plants look their best. The light color helps brighten garden paths in shady areas. The fine screen size works great for animal bedding from horse stables to dog runs. Our customers say it last many times longer than pine shavings and does a better job of absorbing animal waste products and in controlling odors. Both of these mulches also make a great ground cover for parking areas or patios preventing wet and muddy feet.
FRESH GROUND - This is mulch produced from freshly cut material and is direct from the grinder. This mulch is very economical for large areas and soil quality improvement when cosmetics are not as important as function. It is a good way to improve soil quality and reduce erosion or to help control weeds on large areas.
UTILITY MULCH - This is a specialty mulch is made from recycled clean wood scraps and may qualify for LEED credits depending on usage. It is medium ground to ensure good aeration and filtering action and has many uses at construction sites as a modern BMP. One use is for a replacement for silt fence at construction sites. A small berm will remove all sediment and the high C:N ratio allows the microbes to remove dissolved nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, etc.) as the storm water passes through the mulch. It is resistant to truck traffic and easily repaired with one's foot or shovel if damaged. When the project is finished it does not require the expensive removal and disposal of silt fences. One only needs to scatter the mulch over the ground improving the physical properties and enriching the soil for later use. This can easily be done with a small tractor and box blade on large sites. It is also can be used in filter socks and netting for check dams and inlet protection and greatly reduces flow velocity trapping the sediment. Research by Texas A&M and TXDOT has found that it works better than traditional methods and it costs less to use. It can also be used as work base (mulch blanket) to keep mud from tracking into buildings during the construction. Other uses include temporary parking areas and roads as well as filter blankets. If required it can be blended with compost for use in seeded berm and swales.
SHREDDED PINE NEEDLES AND LEAVES - This mulch has been ground to a very fine texture to give a very uniform appearance when applied. It resists washing and blowing to help protect the soil. It is often used in many landscape applications from weed control in potted plants, or for use on daylilies and ferns. As it decomposes it helps improve both soil quality and structure. Additionally, it helps encourage earthworms and other beneficial soil life.
PINE STRAW BALES - This pine straw mulch has been harvested from trees in Texas and placed into 40 pound bales that are easy to handle. Pine Straw is a very attractive mulch that is used around many plants from Daylilies to Strawberries. It works best when placed over a 2-3 inch layer of compost or native mulch.
Compost or "Black Gold" is the single best amendment to add to any soil to increase its fertility. It feeds the soil food web and increases many desired soil properties. The heat of composting kills most weed seeds and pathogens allowing beneficial microbes that prevent disease to grow and dominate. It helps loosen clay and helps sand hold water and nutrients.
LEAF MOLD - This product is produced primarily from recycled leaves, with a little grass, and horse manure mixed in and is slowly composted to ensure quality. The name Leaf Mold comes from the old English words "Leaf Mould" which means produced by a very slow breakdown of leaves (from trees and shrubs) into a rich humus. After a long slow composting period it is screened to ensure consistency and size. This product is rich in beneficial microbes and used on lawns, vegetable gardens, annuals, and in flower beds. Available in 3 different screened sizes. The 1" size is ideal for use as a soil amendment, under turf grass before installation or as mulch. The 3/8" size is excellent for potting mixes to top dressing lawns to help save water and to prevent brown patch and other problems.
FUNGAL COMPOST - This product is the same as the native mulch but has been composted for a much longer time. It is then screened to a 3/8" minus for a uniform texture. This product is especially rich in beneficial fungi and humus which works great with shrubs, trees, roses, and other perennials as a soil amendment. Used as a superior replacement for peat moss and as an ingredient in many types of potting mixes.
ROSE SOIL - This is a special mix designed to help roses grow their best. It is a mixture of true composted and screened topsoil, washed sand, and our famous leaf mold compost. For extra fertility we add a high quality organic fertilizer (MicrolifeTM) and an excellent para-magnetic trace mineral package. We then add granite sand and Texas green sand enriching the soil even further thus increasing pore size and aeration for easy root growth. This is a complete soil mix and contains every thing for the first year of growth and is considered by many as the highest quality blended soil available in Texas. This is a premium soil used from rose bed to containers where the highest value and quality are desired. Recommended and formulated by the Houston Rose Society.
BLUEBERRY MIX - This is a special mix created for acid loving plants. It contains compost, composted mulch, topsoil, washed sand, MicrolifeTM organic fertilizer, greensand for iron and other minerals, and sulfur for the acidity required. Everything is included for the first year of growth and gets your plants off to a good start.
CITRUS MIX (containers) - This mix was formulated to solve the root rot problems for citrus grown in containers. It contains a mix of composted mulches, compost, topsoil, expanded shale for extra aeration, greensand to meet the higher fertility needs of citrus, granite sand, coarse torpedo sand, MicrolifeTM organic fertilizer, and Ag-Lime for the extra calcium that citrus need.
GARDEN & FLOWERBED MIX PLUS - This is the Garden & Flowerbed Mix described below, enriched even further by adding a high quality organic fertilizer (MicrolifeTM) and an excellent trace mineral package. Everything is pre-blended and ready for your favorite plants or vegetables thus saving the customer time and money.
GARDEN & FLOWERBED MIX - This is a high quality mixed soil for use in any vegetable garden or flowerbed. It is a mixture of true composted and screened topsoil, washed sand, and leaf mold compost. It is great for plants that require high fertility and good drainage (i.e. Roses, Herbs, Palms, Hibiscus, Plumeria, vegetable gardens, etc.).
LANDSCAPER MIX - This is a mixed soil of composted and screened topsoil, washed sand, screened leaf mold and fungal compost and composted mulch. It is ideal for plants that require soils with a high organic matter content (i.e. Azaleas, Ferns, Camellias, Gardenias, Gingers, Violets, Groundcovers, Impatiens, Ivy, Blueberries, etc.).
NATIVE PLANT MIX - This blended soil has a high screened topsoil content that has been enriched with our fungal compost and leaf mold compost with some composted native mulch added for drainage and microbial support. It is designed to work with most of the native plants used to attract butterfly and hummingbirds and create a ideal habitat for birds and other wildlife.
LAWN MIX - This product is a blend of quarry dug sand enriched with leaf mold compost. It is designed for leveling lawns, filing in holes from tree and stump removal or to fill in ruts left over from construction.
POTTING MIX - This is a 50-50 blend of the fine screened Leaf Mold Compost and Native Compost. It is used as a growing potting mix by many of our nursery customers. It is well balanced as to beneficial bacteria and fungi essential to plant health and growth. Commercial customers have found that this mix greatly increases root growth in containers as compared to bark and traditional container mixes and has a great ability to hold moisture till plants need it.
DIVOT MIX - This is a special purpose mix used on Golf course fairways, putting greens and grass tennis courts. It is a mix of screened leaf mold compost, weed free washed sand and mineral enriched with Texas green sand and para-magnetic granite sand. It can be used as a top dressing or as fill on any grass or lawn where premium quality is desired. This mix was originally developed to not only fill the holes created by divots on Golf courses but to help the grass heal much quicker.
CACTUS/DESERT MIX - This mix is designed for plants from dry arid areas. It contains a little of our leaf mold compost, composted topsoil, para-magnetic granite sand, expanded shale, washed concrete sand, coarse torpedo sand, with some powdered Ag-lime for extra calcium required by most desert plants.
EXPANDED SHALE/COMPOST MIX - This mix is recommended by Dr. Steve George at Texas A&M University for loosening clay and or compacted soils. It is used in bed preparation for the Earthkind Rose program. It is a 50% mixture of expanded (heat fired) shale for its lightweight and water holding properties mixed with 50% of our famous Leaf Mold Compost. It is used to quickly improve the tilth and health of any heavy soil.
GREEN ROOF MIX - This is a custom mix that varies with every project depending on the design goals and methodology. Many factors come into play from LEED certification, intensive versus extensive, plant choices, water filtration, rainwater storage, weight loading, wind shear, etc. As licensed soil scientists we work with landscape architects and project engineers to design the best soil for the project. As a result we are able to blend a higher quality mix that often saves our customers $10-20 per cubic yard as compared to imported mixes.
COLOR MIX (NEW) - This soil blend has been created to provide customized performance for color plants such as annuals, biennials and perennials. It has been supplemented with extra high quality organic fertilizers and organic matter ingredients to maximize results. This mix also drains well and is beneficial microbe rich so it will help color plants resist disease problems.
CONTAINER MIX (NEW) -This mix was formulated to provide an option for gardeners and landscapers that are frustrated with potting soils that are too light for long term container use and landscape/garden mixes that are too heavy and drain too poorly for container culture. This mix drains well, but also has the right soil mix components to help the mix maintain adequate moisture levels and avoid shrinking too quickly. This mix has been supplemented with organic fertilizers making it ready to use.
HERB MIX (NEW) - The herb mix has been specially formulated for success with Mediterranean herbs. It drains very well and has a very high mineral content. It has been supplemented with slow release organic fertilizers that will provide long term availability of the major micro and macronutrients. We have been careful not to overdo it on the nitrogen with this soil mix. Excessive amounts of nitrogen typically causes culinary quality to drop when it comes to herbs.
THE SUPER SEEDLING POTTING MIX (NEW) - This potting soil has been designed to provide very high quality results for a wide variety of seedlings. All of the ingredients are premium in nature resulting in a mix with optimal structure, organic matter content, mineral content, nutrients. This is one of the very few completely organic seedling potting mixes that is ready to plant in as is.
TROPICAL MIX (NEW) - This soil mix was designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of tropical plants. The high mineral content, high micronutrient and robust long term supplies of potassium are ideal for long term success with tropical plants. This soil's structure and the nature of its organic matter content are just right for tropical. The added organic fertilizers also make this a ready to use mix that will not need to be fertilized additionally for at least a season or two.
Turf Mix - This is a special mix developed by the late Wayne Lee of Team Organics Texas and Tree Root Systems. It is a mix of fine screened leaf mold compost, Microlife organic fertilizer, with lots of greensand added for extra minerals. Most of our soils are deficient in nutrients and both major and minor minerals. This mix was developed to restore fertility in our soils and grow strong turf grass that naturally resists disease and pest problems and requires less watering. It is ideal to top-dress lawns with to ensure a beautiful turf.
SPECIALTY MIXES - Palm Tree, Blueberry and any other custom mixes are available upon request. See note at end of document on specialty mixes.
NOTE: All the ingredients used in our blended soils have been composted or have been chosen as to be as weed free as possible.
ENRICHED LOAM - This is a true loam topsoil produced from lot collected from the virgin forest floor. The topsoil is first composted for a long period of time to kill weed seeds and pathogens. It is then separated from the roots and big woody pieces that might be present. Finally it is then screened to remove any clay lumps or rocks to ensure a uniform texture. Since it is true virgin topsoil produced from the root zones of plants, it is naturally rich in root exudates, beneficial microbes, and organic matter. This topsoil is so rich it is better than many companies' blended soils. It can be used for gardens, lawn dressing, leveling, fill, potting soil and many other uses. Limited Availability.
SCREENED LOAM - This is loam topsoil recovered from area fields. It is screened to remove most of the sticks, roots, rocks, and clay lumps. This is often used as base layer before installing turf grass as it holds water and nutrients better than sand hence creating a healthier root zone.
RED CLAY - This is mined clay with a reddish color frequently used on baseball fields.
Note: At NWR we do not sell or use the old worn out soil from rice farming that is contaminated with agricultural chemicals and salts, and full of weed seeds in any of our products
CONCRETE SAND - This is a coarse washed sand that it is used in making concrete. The washing process removes all clay and silt particles. The washing process also removes all weed seeds. Since it has larger grain size with better drainage characteristics than mortar sand it is often used in cactus and desert gardens.
MORTAR SAND - This is a washed sand used in making brick mortar. The washing process removes all clay and silt particles. The washing process also removes all weed seeds. Since this is a clean sand which is great for sandboxes, beaches and used in our mixed soils to ensure high quality. Available in both medium and fine sizes.
WASHING: The washing process removes all silt and clay particles leaving very clean sand that allows the cement to bond better hence makes stronger mortar or concrete. The washing process also removes all weed seeds that might have been present.
FILL SAND - This is general purpose sand. We use quarry dug (mined) sand since it does not have weed seeds as compared to lower cost bank sand. It also contains small amounts of clay that help the sand hold water and nutrients better. Note: NWR does not stock or use bank sand due to the high weed seed content, but it is available upon request in truckload quantities.
BULL ROCK - Bull Rock is commonly used in landscaping. It is a rounded flint rock with most of the rocks ranging in size from 2-4" diameter. In addition to its decorative features, it is often used for edging, erosion control, and drip and spillways splash guard from gutter systems.
RIVER ROCK - River Rock is similar to Bull Rock only smaller. It is a rounded flint rock that ranges in size from 1-4 inches in diameter. It is often used in decorative waterways, septic systems, erosion control, drip and spillways from gutter systems. Available en 1-4 inch and 2-4 inch sizes.
RAINBOW ROCK - This is a unique quartz gravel with many colors. The rock is rounded in nature and is available in three sizes 1", 5/8" and 3/8" (Pea Gravel). It is used in stream beds, ponds, making patios, and other types of landscaping projects.
PEA GRAVEL - Pea Gravel has many uses. It is a small gravel about 3/8-5/8 inch in diameter. It is used for making concrete, patios, garden paths and walkways, ponds, water gardens, decorative features and more. Available in both brown and rainbow multi-colors.
GRANITE (crushed/weathered/decomposed) - Crushed decomposed granite is often used to make beautiful pathways, patio and play areas, a mineral supplement for potting mixes, and more. It packs in well hence it is naturally resistant to washing away and weeds. Additionally, since it is paramagnetic it helps nearby plants grow strong and healthy.
GRANITE (screened) - This granite is screened to 3/8"-1/2" to remove all fines where a coarser look is required and it does not stick to clothes as smaller sizes. It is used to make beautiful pathways, patio and play areas, a mineral supplement for potting mixes, and more. It packs in well hence it is naturally resistant to washing away and weeds. Additionally, since it is paramagnetic it helps nearby plants grow strong and healthy.
BASALT - We carry crushed #5, a dark grey rock screened to about ¼" size. The darker color helps to set off and showcase the lighter colored flowers, hence it is often used around water garden features, oriental gardens, and also makes a beautiful pathway. Other sizes available on request by special order.
GREEN ROCK (Glauconite) - Green Rock is new to the area and has the unusual property of changing its color. When moist or wet the rock is almost black and as it dries it turns a greenish color. The greenish color really sets off yellow flowering plants like Daylilies and Tunera. In addition, this rock is an excellent source of major, minor, and trace minerals that helps nearby plants grow strong and healthy. Seasonal and very limited supply.
DECORATIVE RIVER ROCK (palletized) - These are multi-colored igneous and metamorphic rocks that have been naturally tumbled and rounded from West Texas Rivers. These rocks tend to sparkle in sunlight and glisten when wet. Often used around water features and for highly decorative stones in the garden. These rocks are currently available in three different sizes: small (4-8" diameter), medium (6-10" diameter), and large (8-14" diameter). Note: Also available by the pound for individual decorative rock.
GREEN ROCK BOULDERS (fossilized) - Decorative greenish gray rocks that turn black when wet and greenish when dry that contains marine fossils.
GREEN SAND (glauconite) - These are naturally occurring minerals mined from ancient sea floor deposits. It is rich in iron, potassium, calcium and dozens of other minor and trace elements required for healthy plants. It has been a favorite soil amendment for experienced gardeners for years. It has a beautiful dark greenish-grey color when dry and a sandy texture hence the name. It is the most cost effective way to increase the fertility of all soils.
GRANITE SAND - This is Texas granite that has been crushed and ground down to the size of coarse sand. The smaller particle size allows the microbes in the soil to break it down and releasing the minerals for the plants to use. It helps loosen hard tight soils and it is a para-magnetic material that improves the fertility and physical properties of any soil which helps many plants grow better.
EXPANDED SHALE - This rock is made from shale that has been fired or cooked at very high temperatures. The heat causes the shale to expand creating a relatively strong but light weight aggregate. The expanded shale is then screened to different sizes for use. Expanded shale helps physically loosen heavy soils and has the ability to help the soil hold moisture and nutrients. It is often combined with compost for use in rose beds and lightweight soils for green roofs.
GYPSUM - Gypsum is a naturally occurring mineral that is made up of calcium sulfate and water (CaSO4+2H2O). Gypsum has 23% calcium and 18% sulfur and its solubility is 150 times that of limestone, hence a natural source of plant nutrients. Gypsum is used to loosen heavy clay soils and to remove sodium salt from soils thus reducing hardpan. Soils along the Gulf Coast tend to be very low in these nutrients and high in sodium hence gypsum is an excellent source of calcium and sulfur required by all plants. Does not change the pH of the soil as other calcium or limestone products.
AG-LIME - Ag-Lime is the common name given to high calcium limestone (very little magnesium) that has been finely ground into a powder for use as a calcium source in agriculture and horticulture. It is often used to raise the pH of any soil.
WORM CASTINGS (Vermi-compost) - Vermicompost is one of the best soil amendments there is. It improves all soils, is rich in beneficial microbes and improves plant growth and health.
ORGANIC FERTILIZERS & SUPPLIES
Nature's Way Resources carries a full line of supplies from organic fertilizers to soil amendments, natural herbicides and insecticides to bagged soil and mulch products. Please see our price sheet or web site for more complete information.
Compost Tea Extract (Liquid Compost) - Compost extract is made from a special blend of compost that has been formulated to have extra minerals, nutrients, growth hormones, etc. with much higher levels of beneficial microbes. The extraction process removes the water soluble components and beneficial microbes from the compost. This process makes the good microbes go to sleep into their dormant stage, hence it has a much longer shelf life (5-7 days) than regular compost tea (24 hours). It is an easy way to help control disease, stimulate plant growth, and in general make the soil or plants healthier and prevent disease with a wide diversity of beneficial microbes. A very economical bio-stimulant.
NOTE: SPECIALTY MIXES - NWR has a licensed Professional Soil Scientist (P.G.) on staff to work with engineers, architects, landscape architects, environmental scientists and other professionals on projects from LEED construction requirements (Green Roofs) to rain gardens, runoff control swales, bio-filtration, bio-remediation, water efficiency and irrigation, etc. For example we often work with landscape architects to ensure the soil choice is compatible with their desired plant choices, and with the architect or engineer to match the weight of the blended soil to the weight loading capacity of the roof. Similarly, we work on soils for rain gardens or wetlands to ensure proper infiltration and water holding capacity. Or we might design a soil for a filtration swale that will support higher densities of microbes to ensure that contaminates in storm water are broken down before the water is discharged to our streams.
We also offer to pre-blend any custom soil with fertilizers, trace elements or other amendments. This provides large time and cost savings at the job site and ensures that sub-contractors do not cut specifications at the job site. Our goal is to engineer a specialty soil to meet the requirements of our customers and gives the highest performance and long-term value. Professional consulting service are available on case-by-case basis.
At Nature's Way Resources our focus is on quality products for use by the gardening community that offer real value over many years. This saves the gardener both time and money in the long run as they have healthier plants. These products require less of the expensive fertilizers and other chemicals each year. Our products are made from recycled materials saving the community valuable landfill space and they are 100% organic creating a healthier, safer environment for our children, families and family pets.