Trucking Meltdown

 

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The ol’ L-8000

The Dirt Hugger “big truck” was  recently t-boned and has been decommissioned from the compost delivery fleet. Sad news indeed.  It sure was a fine rig, and we will be forever indebted to its prowess.

Being down a truck, we were hoping that our “small truck”, the F350 Super Duty, would make up for the loss–divvying out smaller (albeit more) portions of the black gold.  However, given the much lower weight capacity of the 350, this has proven   an ineffective tactic.

So….considering the recent changes, we are currently on hiatus with some of our delivery capabilities while we scour the classifieds for the perfect replacement rig.  Here’s the deal: for deliveries less than 10 yards, we are recommending that customers contact our retailers.  

Bingen/White Salmon:  SDS Lumber– 509-493-2155

Goldendale:  Riley Bros, Inc.– 509-773-5919

Hood River:  Bryant Pipe & Supply– 541-386-1179

The Dalles:  Bryant Pipe & Supply–  541-296-1172

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We can deliver with a solo truck, truck and pup, or high cube truck and pup.

For larger orders >10 yards, we’d love to get a delivery lined up for you.  We contractwith a local hauling company to get you what you need.  In this case, we can provide a price/yd delivered that incorporates volume discounts (10% for 10 yards, 15% for 20 yards…) and delivery at$95-$105/hr.  Touch base for a quote!

Of course, we always have compost, bark varieties, and soil blends available for pick up at our retail yard in Dallesport. 

Expect an upcoming post detailing a new, fully-capable delivery truck! (fingers crossed)

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We love working with the incredibly skilled Dietrich Trucking drivers!

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Looking Ahead–Fall Compost Application and Special Soil Blending

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Compost recently spread on a cherry orchard plot in the Dalles to increase soil organic matter

Wow! It’s hard to believe that Fall is right around the corner.  Working closely with orchardists and small farmers, we know that these next couple months are busy. Cherries have been harvested, pears are on the way, and veggies will be going strong for awhile still.      Despite the busy nature of this time of year, it is certainly wise to consider any Fall compost application needs.  Fall is a perfect time to spread compost in orchards.  The drive row ground and farm roads are not fully drenched and muddy from rain yet, so getting heavy farm equipment stuck is not an issue.  Application before the onset of the winter guarantees that compost will better integrate into the soil and effectively reach the orchard tree root zone during those wetter months.  Also, post harvest compost application allows for a more confident farm budget assessment, opening the financial space to step up the organic matter content ball game.

Another thing we’ve been incredibly excited about this year includes the considerable amount of  custom soil blending we have been doing.  We’ve worked with a number customers pinpointing and mixing up blends to meet their particular growing needs.  Combining our compost with other base materials (e.g. perlite, pumice, peat, coco coir) along with a large variety of organic amendments, we have developed blends for everything from azaleas and green roofs to seedling start blends and light, fluffy high-nutrient blends.

If you are looking for a special soil blend, we’d love to help you out.  We can efficiently mix up and deliver high-quality homogenous blends with super sack delivery options available.

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Fresh delivery to Cor Cellars’ beautiful tasting room in Lyle, WA

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Landscaping at Cor Cellars with Dirt Hugger’s Garden Blend

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Every week, Wildwood Farm in Hood River unveils a fresh delivery of some of the finest produce on Earth. We are honored to know that they amend their soil with Dirt Hugger Compost.

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Late summer morning at Dirt Hugger

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