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by Ruth Lawrence


scratch. And this is where KPS can transform an underperforming garden into a fertile plot. Their soil improver compost is a high-grade organic product. This is not the same as a domestic compost heap where heat cannot build to the necessary levels. The compost is screened to a maximum 10mm particle size (meaning the compost is of a fi ne grade) which breaks down heavy clay soil and ensures better drainage. It is ideal for mulching into fl ower beds or vegetable plots, including allotments that may have suffered intensive use. It adds organic matter and fertility and is superb for improving and conditioning soil. Containing slow-release nutrients and suppressing plant disease, the compost has health benefi ts for the garden; it can be used as a repair or top


Give your garden a boost H


KPS Composting emerged in 1994 as an offshoot of KPS Contractors and now runs two industrial-scale sites which turn green waste into gardening gold.


eavy, poorly drained soil is a gardener’s nightmare, worse when contemplating vegetable growing from


dressing for lawns and gives a head start to freshly planted trees and shrubs. Although the compost is available at selected garden centres (RRP £3.50 per bag), a large 1 cubic metre bag can be delivered direct from KPS and craned into your garden for a reasonable £42 (depending on delivery area), which decreases with multiple purchases. All other KPS products are available in large bags too; they supply an excellent green topsoil, 100% recycled and certifi ed to stringent standards. It makes sure nutrients and organic matter are released slowly and it’s a perfect solution if you want to build raised beds at home or on an allotment.


“Each year KPS turns 60,000 tonnes of green garden material into benefi cial products and ensures waste wood is kept out of landfi ll.”


If protection and decoration are a


priority, the bark mulch is hardwearing and resilient. It helps to protect plant roots and looks good enough to be used for paths and raised beds. The smaller sized woodland mulch is made from chipped wood from the inside of trees and is great for suppressing weeds and deterring slugs and pests. It helps soil cope with dry summers by retaining moisture for longer. The commitment, investment and research that KPS have brought to the industry led them to gain PAS 100 certifi cation, which means that their compost adheres to a set of regulations that is constantly monitored to maintain top quality.


This is recycling on a huge scale: each year KPS turns 60,000 tonnes of green garden material into benefi cial products and ensures waste wood is kept out of landfi ll. By recycling green waste, KPS have become a crucial part of local sustainability – a company with big ideas and a local heart. ■


KPS COMPOSTING SERVICES KPS House, Ham Lane, Scaynes Hill West Sussex RH17 7PR Tel. 01444 831010


Email: sales@kpscomposting.co.uk www.kpscomposting.co.uk


SUSSEX LIVING March 2012


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