Last month I visited The Ground Up – Houston’s new powerhouse in organic soils, compost and mulch. I first saw them at an OHBA event this spring. They’re marketing is fresh, vibrant and very hip. But most importantly, they’re committed to sustainability and producing quality products to serve the Houston area. That got my attention.
In my opinion, most gardeners spend way too much time focusing on what is above the ground and ignore the most important part of their garden, the soil. Building good soil is an ongoing process and what you put in your soil really does matter. Compost is the single best soil amendment. Before I’d spend anything on tweaking my soil I would add a quality compost. It is balanced, teaming with beneficial microbes and literally breathes life into your soil.
Their handcrafted humus compost looks and smells great. It is made from 100% pure, virgin yard and gardening trimmings. It is Soil Foodweb tested and approved.
Andrew Jobe, Corporate Development and Ashley Olmsted, Marketing and Communications of The Ground Up, gave me the tour of the Windfern location. They understand the chemistry of good soil and how important quality is. It is refreshing.
Yes, we road around in this snazzy vehicle.
Virgin materials are delivered to the yard by landscapers, tree trimmers and land developers.
Trimmings are ground up and placed in mounds to begin the composting process. It takes massive equipment to produce compost and mulch.
You can find them at 9945 Windfern (just north of 290 inside Beltway and 19102 FM 1093 (Westpark Tollroad) in Richmond TX. West Houston finally has a source for quality compost, mulch and soils. If you’re looking for a wide selection of stones, rocks and boulders – you’ll find them there too.
Looking for bagged products? They’ll be introducing them this fall, so you’ll be able to pick up mulch and compost at most premium garden centers in town.
From The Ground Up website:
We take only clean, organic yard trimmings, then we age it, grind it, and handcraft it into mulch, composts, and bed mixes to create a cycle we call, from The Ground Up. We carry – Mulch, Soil, Sand, Stone, Grass and mulch
So remember before planting anything, make sure you work from The Ground Up. It is important to support local businesses that focus on creating quality products in a sustainable manner.
Disclosure: The opinions and views expressed here are mine. I was not compensated by anyone to write this article. I did receive a sample of compost from The Ground Up to take home and try in my garden.