The recipe for Rogue Compost starts with the Rogue Valley’s finest natural ingredients
The Rogue Valley is a wonderland of plant life — home to oak woodlands, evergreen forests and grassy meadows. With our unique location surrounded by mountains and foothills, the Rogue Valley boasts a mild climate that allows for a long growing season. From home gardens and flowerbeds to commercial orchards, farms and vineyards, Rogue Compost is the ideal compost because it’s made from Rogue Valley leaves, grass clippings and other local plant material. But how is it made? How does it go from deciduous tree and neighborhood lawn to nutrient-rich compost?
From yard debris to sustainable compost
Ever wonder what Rogue Disposal & Recycling does with all the leaves, grass clippings and yard debris they collect during the year? They become a nutritious part of Rogue Compost — naturally. Here’s how it happens:
We start with Rogue Valley leaves, grass clippings, deadheaded flowers and other natural plant materials — all from the area.
We physically remove any contaminants found in the yard debris. Things like plastic bags, rocks, garbage and any other non plant materials are taken out.
Next, the materials are picked up using a loader, then placed in a machine that shreds the materials until it falls through a 4” hole. This reduces the size of any woody material (like tree branches and bark) and achieves the perfect bulk density for aerobic composting.
Then we add water to get the process moving.
At this point, the material is formed into windrows — long mounds of materials heaped into triangular piles — and we begin the daily process of monitoring moisture content and temperature.
We apply water as needed, making sure the moisture level is adequate. Typically, that means a moisture level between 45% and 65%.
We turn the windrow as needed in order to maintain the correct temperature. The correct temperature provides the perfect climate for aerobic composting bacteria to grow and multiply — all the time degrading available organic matter into stabilized compost. Increased temperature also ensures that weed seeds are killed and the chance for harmful microorganisms to grow are reduced.
Each month, the stability of the windrows is monitored.
Add water…turn…monitor…repeat. This goes on for 12 to 18 months. Making the Rogue Valley’s finest compost takes time!
Finally, when the material is stable, we screen the raw compost to remove any remaining larger woody debris or contaminants. The result? Nutrient-rich, all-natural Rogue Compost — ready to work its wonders in your yards, gardens and landscaping, as well as large-scale commercial use.
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Whether you need 2 yards or 200 yards, we can deliver Rogue Compost right to your door. See why the best compost for here is the compost from here.