Peat alternatives help reduce costs
Added on 24 November 2022
Wood Fiber Reduces Shipping Costs
One alternative to peat growing in popularity is wood fiber. Wood fiber can be used alone or mixed with peat and perlite.
Head Grower Steve Garvey of Dallas Johnson Greenhouses in Council Bluffs, IA, uses a 70/30 mix of peat and wood fiber. He has used this mix for the last six years to engage in sustainable production practices and to help reduce shipping costs. Peat and wood fiber are both in a condensed form when shipped, so more of the product can fit on a truckload. This helps reduce shipping costs compared to products such as perlite and bark that are not shipped in a condensed form.
When starting to work with wood fiber, there is a learning curve because it retains moisture differently than wood bark mixes.