Organics & Soil

Organic resources such as native soils, compost and mulch play a key environmental role in cultivating and sustaining the biological life and growth of healthy plants. Understanding this role, Hermanns adheres to the highest of standards in selecting the organic resources used in the manufacture of its products. Hermanns soils and organic products are consistent in providing the results our clients have come to know and trust from their use.

Our Organic & Soil Products

Leaf compost is an excellent alternative to peat moss that is rich in organic content and high in microbial activity. It is made from 100% collected leaf sources and is free of foreign plastic content. Biologically, it is high in microbial activity and rich in organic matter. Chemically, it is low in salt and is pH neutral. Leaf Compost is a natural valuable resource and is used in all of our soil blends. As a stable and excellent soil conditioner, it benefits nutrient uptake and increases organic content. It also improves aeration and porosity in all of our soil products. Dark brown to black in colour and of medium texture, it has a particle sizing of ½" minus. Leaf Compost Is available for bulk delivery and/or installation by blower truck.

Composted Bark Fines are produced at our Schomberg facility. As one of our most valuable, natural resources, it is used in the manufacture of all our soil blends. Our composted bark fines are an excellent soil conditioner. It is low in pH ranging from 3.5 to 5.0 and the carbon to nitrogen ratio is balanced with low cellulose content. Processed to ½" or 1 sizing, Composted Bark Fines are available for bulk delivery and/or installation by blower truck.

Soils

Hermanns Contracting manufactures its soil blends at our Schomberg facility. Using our proprietary compost blend as a base, native mineral soils and aggregates are added in balanced proportions to customize performance according to application. All of our soil blends are formulated to promote and sustain healthy plant vitality. For quality assurance and consistency, our soils are periodically tested for conformance to acceptable parameters.

Our Manufactured Soil Products

Hermanns is a licensed producer of CU Structural Soil™. Researched, formulated and patented by Cornell University, it is an innovative product offering an effective solution to creating and sustaining healthy green environments in urban areas. Briefly, CU Structural Soil™ is a part of a system supporting two functions. One is that of providing a stable, load bearing soil to support surface pavers and second as a growing medium to support healthy tree growth. It is composed of 80% 0.75 to 1.5" clear aggregate, granite or limestone, that meets MTO standards as a pavement base course, 20% loam to clay loam topsoil, and the Gelscape® tackifier. CU Structural Soil™ is available in bulk delivery by triaxle or trailer.

BioEarth™ is Hermanns own composted “seeding” soil used in all our Terraseeding™ processes and applications. It is a proprietary blend of composted organic sources formulated through research and development to enhance seed germination and provide optimum growth support. It is rich in organic fines with a medium texture and particle sizing of 1 inch minus. BioEarth™ is pH neutral, rich in nutrients, low in salts and high in microbial activity. Because of its physical and chemical properties, BioEarth™ can be used as an organic amendment for onsite soils, as an organic mulch for topping-up planting beds and as a lightweight, porous growing medium in planters. BioEarth™ can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

EnviroBlend is a lightweight organic soil composed of 70% to 90% composted bark fines and blended leaf compost and 10% to 30% sandy loam. Having a fine porous texture with particle sizing of ½" minus, it has good aeration and drainage properties. It is the soil of choice for planters in high rise or street level planting. Because of its properties, it is an excellent soil to enhance an existing plant or vegetable garden. When dry, its high organic content gives it a dark brown colour and when wet, a rich black appearance. It is pH neutral, low in salts, provides rich nutrient uptake and is high in microbial activity. EnviroBlend can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

GardenBlend is a rich planting soil composed of over 50% composted pine bark and blended leaf compost with the balance comprised of a loam to sandy loam, native field soil. It has been formulated to provide excellent plant growth support and sustenance and is best suited for creating new planting beds and planting in general. Garden Blend can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

This soil blend is composed of native loam to sandy loam field soil enriched in proportion with Hermanns compost blend. Enriched Soil is an effective alternative for the landscaper engaged in street tree planting and sod where a high organic soil would not be required or favored. The pH ranges from 6.5 to 7.5, is low in salts with a minimum organic content of 4 percent. It has a fine to medium texture and has a particle sizing of ½" minus. Enriched Soil is only available in bulk delivery.

Soil Product

Mulches

Natural bark and wood fiber mulch has been used as a ground cover for many years. Mulch is generally used to maintain balanced moisture levels in soils around plants and protect the root zone from extreme temperature fluctuations. As part of a maintenance program, mulch helps suppress and reduce weed growth and over time through the process of natural decomposition, becomes an excellent soil conditioner.

Our Mulch Products

Native Pine Mulch is Hermanns own shredded pine mulch and is custom-produced at our Schomberg facility. It is reddish-brown in colour with a medium to course texture and contains blended wood fiber. Having a pine-fresh fragrant aroma, it continues to be the most popular ground-cover mulch. As a long-lasting mulch, the colour darkens to an attractive black as it ages. Our Native Pine Mulch is low in pH and contributes to optimum nutrient uptake. Its good weight and matting properties allow it to easily hold itself in place. Native Pine Mulch can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

Our Seasoned Pine Mulch is aged, naturally composted pine bark mulch, with a course texture and particle sizing of .50 to 1.25 inches. It is dark brown to black in colour and is a long-lasting ground cover mulch. As it continues to age and further decompose, it provides the same horticultural benefits that our native mulch provides. Seasoned Pine Mulch can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

Our Natural Woodland Mulch is manufactured from a blend of native hardwood and softwood species. Composed of bark, brush and wood fiber, it is ground to a medium-course texture. As it ages, this mulch takes on the appearance of a utility forest mulch and its colour changes from a fresh brown woody hue to a grayish dark brown. Our Native Woodland Mulch is available in Crimson, Black and Chestnut colours. Woodland Mulches can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

PlaySafe Ground Cover

At the present time, Engineered Wood Fiber is the most widely accepted playground safety surface. EWF, the technical name used to describe this loose, mulch-like mixture of mixed hardwood and softwood chips, is required to meet certain specifications regarding chip size, shape, consistency, drainage qualities and impact attenuation. Compared to playground sand, EWF is more user friendly for wheel chair users and is a cost effective way to increase playground safety.

Our product is made from clean, uniform particle sized virgin wood and meets code and CSA approval. It is also approved by IPEMA. Depending on the fall height requirement, the product is generally installed at 300 mm - 400 mm thickness on a free draining base. PlaySafe Ground Cover can be delivered in bulk and/or installed by blower truck.

Green Roof

Green Roof Soils

Roof top gardens have become an important feature for heat conservation and provision of green space in our urban communities. Whether it is an extensive or intensive application, Hermanns Roof Top soil blends meet the chemical, light weight and physical requirements and are FLL compliant. Composed of Composted Pine Bark, leaf compost blend, and lightweight aggregates, they have become the perfect growing medium for their respective applications.

Our Green Roof Soil Products

Hermanns Roof Top "Extensive" plant media is formulated to sustain healthy growth for sedums and mosses. Designed to establish a perfect balance between the inorganic and organic components, it is composed of a proprietary blend of lightweight aggregates and Hermanns compost blend. HRT Granulite™ Extensive is available for bulk delivery and/or installation by blower truck.

Hermanns Roof Top "Intensive" plant media is formulated to sustain healthy plant growth ranging from small trees and plants to lawns. It has a medium to course texture designed to provide good drainage and aeration. It has good water and nutrient retention capacity. As a lightweight organic soil, it is perfectly blended to provide permanent, physically stable and sturdy plant support. HRT Granulite™ Intensive is available for bulk delivery and/or installation by blower truck.

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905-939-1230

Hermanns Contracting Limited.

1510 Hwy 27, PO Box 369
Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0

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Hermanns Contracting Limited.

1510 Hwy 27, PO Box 369
Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0

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Hermanns Contracting Limited.

1510 Hwy 27, PO Box 369
Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0


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