(Hours subject to change. Rain may affect availability.)
FYI: We make frequent business announcements using Instagram.
Drop-In Hours (no appt):
Fri & Sat 9am-noon (as of 9/24/21)
Pickup Appointments: If you’d like to request a special pickup time, fill out the order request form below & we’ll get back to you. NOTE: appointments should to be requested at least 7 days ahead of time. This is slow soil!
Delivery: Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays (as of 10/7/21)
Address: 8301 Olive St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Schmelly’s is an organics recycling company. We collect food scraps from New Orleans’ restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, juice bars and coffee shops, and then compost these scraps into an organic soil conditioner for farmers to enhance their soil microbiology. Our product is composted & cured for 8-12 months to create a nutrient-dense plant food good for flowers, vegetable gardens, and production farms.
- How to Order & Soil Calculator
- Catalog of Products:
- Schmelly Services:
How to Order with Schmelly’s:
1. PLEASE NOTE: We do not have operators standing by. We are a very small company. It takes us at least 24-72 hours to respond to order requests. FYI: this is a request form, not an official confirmation that you will get what you request. We will let you know our availability ASAP.
2. Determine the cubic volume of what you need and if you can pick-up or if you need delivery. Use our handy Soil Ordering Calculator below to determine volume & appropriate transportation of soil & mulch:
link: SOIL ORDERING CALCULATOR! + Volume & Transportation Guide
Here’s a simple guide with a soil volume calculator, weight references, & tips on how to carry your soil home.
3. Check out our product and services catalog below for quantities and prices. Make a list of what you need and then double check your volume measurements.
4. Click the button below when you’re ready to order.
After submitting your request, someone from the Schmelly’s team will be in touch to discuss prices and payment details. After we finalize your order, we’ll email you an invoice; you can pay your invoice before you receive your goods, or pay upon pickup/delivery. Payment options are ACH/e-check (online bank payment), credit card, and good ole fashioned check. For information on the security of our payments & banking systems, visit Intuit/QuickBooks and Gulf Coast Bank.
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Schmelly’s Prices & Products:
- ALL PRODUCTS ARE BULK. To reduce plastic trash, we do not use bags.
- Picking up? YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN CONTAINERS, OR USE A TRUCK. We will prepare the order before you arrive and will fill your containers when you get to our site. For open-bed picukup trucks, we’ll load ya up with our machine. If you are wondering how much soil your car or truck will hold, read this handy volume guide.
- Pick-up orders of 1/2 cu.yard (14 cu.feet) or more: we encourage you to bring a pickup truck so we can load with our machine. Bulk price for truck loads is cheaper because it takes much less labor.
- Prices subject to change.
- Acronym key: “cu.yd” means Cubic Yard, “cu.ft” means Cubic Foot. For more information on measurements, visit our volume guide.
Supernatural Garden Soil (1/2 & 1/2 mix)
Per cubic foot = $5
Half-truck load (0.5 cu.yd / 14 cu.ft) = $50
1-4 cubic yards = $70 per cu.yd
5-10+ cubic yards = $65 per cu.yd
Use this to blended soil to fill up your vegetable raised beds, plant out a container garden, or bulk up your farm rows. We mix our homemade compost with a basic landscaping soil blend (composted horse manure, coffee grounds, pine shavings, sand). It’s perfect for vegetable gardens, flower beds, and anywhere you need a high quality soil mix.
DYN-O-MITE! Unscreened Compost
Per cubic foot = $5
Half-truck load (0.5 cu.yd/14cu.ft) = $50
1-4 cubic yards = $70 per cu.yd
5-10+ cubic yards = $65 per cu.yd
KAPOW!! This product will make your plants blow up! Unscreened, unfiltered, 1-year old fully cured compost. This is our signature product with no additional processing after curing so we can keep the price low. PLEASE NOTE! this product has not been screened or sifted and contains composted wood chips, oyster shells, twigs, bone material, AND occasional straws, plastics & produce stickers from the food service industry where we source our compost feed stock. You will find strange treasures, but we stand by our product.
Get the biology back into your garden! From 5 gallons to 5 tons, delivered to your garden or farm. Use this to add organic matter, micro-nutrients, and biological life to your soil. We recommend 1-2″ top dressing each planting season, or 10-50% for new garden beds.
Sweet Almighty Screened Compost
1-13 cubic feet = $20 per cu.ft.
14-26 cubic feet = $18 per cu.ft
Same as above, but screened. Our premium screened compost is made to order, sifted through a 1/2″ screen for a gorgeous crumb cake texture. Ideal for making a potting mix and wherever you need pure, refined compost.
Mulch: Basic Brown, Fancy Red, Pine Bark
Pine Straw: $21/round bale (50-70 sq.ft. coverage, 2-3″ depth)
Pine Straw: $12/square bale (30-40 sq.ft coverage, 2-3″ depth)
Crushed Pine Straw: $12/bag (20 sq.ft coverage)
Basic Brown: $1/cu.ft; $25/cu.yd
Garden Special: Buy soil or compost & get 1c.y. Basic Brown free!
Landscaper Special: 13 or more cu.yds Basic Brown = $20/cu.yd
Red (dyed): $75/cu.yd (special order)
Pine Bark: $60/cu.yd (special order)
Dress up your garden & keep out the weeds. The Basic Brown is our super local, super basic mulch that comes from chipped tree branches in New Orleans; contains wood chips, twigs, shredded leaves, and pine needles. Best bang for your buck.
Note: Red mulch and pine bark mulch are imported from outside New Orleans. We don’t have these in stock, must special order.
Choose your logs from our site or get them delivered
Basic Logs: $1/log, or free w/ purchase (soil, compost or mulch).
Larger orders of logs (10+) will be subject to a loading fee.
Logs for Mushrooms (6″ diameter, oak or willow): special order
Create a garden bed using logs cut by arborists in New Orleans. You can also bury these logs inside your garden soil to absorb water and help nurture the soil microbes (look up “hugelkultur” for more info). We have a variety of sizes, shapes, and kinds to choose from. Save money on lumber and reuse a natural local material.
Rain Garden Mix, Sand & Custom Blends
River Sand: $20/cu.yd (deliver up to 4cu.yd per trip)
Rain Garden Blend (2:1 sand & compost): $50/cu.yd
Sugarcane Bagasse, Rice Hulls, & Custom Mixes: contact us!
Contact us with your custom soil needs. We can blend any recipe for rain gardens, potting mixes & custom landscape projects. We source all products from the local region.
Delivery or Pick-Up
— Product Pick-Up —
We sell in bulk only — we will load in your truck bed or containers. You must bring your own containers or truck with an open bed. If you are wondering how much soil your car or truck will hold, please read our volume guide before you make your order.
Our operating hours are listed at the top of this webpage
(Hours subject to change. Rain may affect our hours.)
Scheduling your pickup offers you the convenience of ensuring we have what you need (we’ll contact you to confirm). You can also pre-pay for your order via ACH, Venmo, or Credit Card. However, scheduling a pickup should happen more than 24 hours in advance. Last minute need? You can always come by during drop-in hours.
Address: 8301 Olive St. (Hollygrove neighborhood), NOLA 70119
Call our site phone if you have questions: 504-405-4095 We don’t take orders on this phone.
— Dump Truck Delivery —
Dumped in a pile in your driveway, curbside, or accessible yard. Optional wheelbarrow service available.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Requests for delivery should be more than 48 hours in advance. Spring & Fall seasons are heavier than usual, so wait times can sometimes be 1-2+ weeks.
Delivery Days: check the top of this page for delivery availability
$50 = Small delivery: qty 0.5-3 cu.yds. Distance up to 10mi. West Bank must use Large truck
$90 = Large delivery: qty 4-10 cu.yds soil, 4-25 cu.yds mulch
Add-on Wheelbarrow Service for up to 2cu.yds = $40, then $20 for each additional cu.yd.
— Bucket Delivery (1-14 cu.ft.) —
WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY OFFERING DELIVERY. We’ll resume in August 2021.
Delivered with buckets — we will dump the soil where you want it, but you don’t get to keep the buckets 😉 Max 14 cu.ft, sold in cubic foot qty only.
$25 = 1-7 cu.ft
$50 = 8-14 cu.ft
Delivery limits: We deliver from Hollygrove to locations in greater New Orleans. Delivery outside of the greater New Orleans area is available by special request for a higher delivery rate based on distance.
Yard Clippings & Material Pick-Up
WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY OFFERING MATERIAL PICKUP. We’ll resume in August 2021.
30-gal Brown Bag pick-up:
up to 10 bags: $30 (each additional bag: $3/bag)
Roll-off Dumpster Service:
10 cu.yard roll-off dumpster: $300
15 cu.yard roll-off dumpster: $350