Current Availability (updated 10/28/2013)
SMARTLEAF® compost: Available
Unscreened compost: Unavailable
Wood Mulch: Available
SMARTLEAF® compost is a by-product of composting leaves collected from the City and other surrounding jurisdictions. Grass and other vegetative (soft) garden waste are added for nitrogen. The materials are turned to incorporate oxygen and promote even decomposition. SMARTLEAF® is a screened product with particle sizes ½ inch or less, making it suitable as top grade dressing. It is lab tested and has a pH between 7.4 and 8.0.
Occasionally, unscreened compost is available for purchase. unscreened compost has not yet been screened to remove debris (sticks, plastic, tennis balls, etc.). Unscreened compost is available for very limited times, usually in spring and autumn. City of College Park residents are allowed up to 5 cubic yards of unscreened compost at no charge, per calendar year, while supplies last (delivery is extra).
Wood mulch is made from natural wood waste collected in the City such as branches, tree stumps, sticks, shrubs, etc. A machine called a tub grinder is used to process the wood into a shredded mulch. Using it as the top layer of your planting beds, wood mulch helps to conserve soil moisture and inhibit weed growth.
Check out How SMARTLEAF® Compost & Wood Mulch are Made for more information!
The compost yard is located at:
9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740