Growing Media Case Study – Jack Moody

12th December 2016

Plants grown at Jack Moody’s Nursery are thriving, thanks to the use of compost which is produced just a stone’s throw away…

Key points
Compost adds organic matter giving soil a more workable structure which leads to improved root growth and better plant establishment
Compost contains slow release nitrogen, phosphate and sulphur, plus useful amounts of other minerals all of which help to improve the availability of nutrients for plant growth
Compost includes beneficial micro-organisms that contribute towards plant disease suppression

Overview

Overview

Clients of the nursery - including re-distributors, landscape contractors, building contractors and Local Authorities - are able to purchase a range of quality shrubs, trees and plants, all of which have been grown in a peat-free compost which is actually made on-site.

Based at Hollybush Farms on a former landfill site near Wolverhampton, Jack Moody Holdings PLC was established as a landscaping company in 1963. While always growing and keeping its own stock for landscaping contracts, the nursery side of the business developed naturally over time and was opened to the trade market in 1982.

As well as adding the nursery to the business, Jack Moody added compost production to its repertoire - using green waste from landscape contracts to produce a quality compost for supply to the retail and trade sector. This side of the business developed strongly and in 1997, Moody’s began working in partnership with Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, managing their green waste and producing compost on a larger scale via open-air windrows.

The link from producing compost to growing plants is an obvious one, and in no time at all Moody’s was using its own compost in the nursery, with amazing results. Because the company has such extensive background knowledge in the landscaping industry, it helps Moody’s produce green waste products for use across all sectors of the market.

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