What is in Heart & Soil® Paper Fiber and Paper Fiber Bedding?
Paper Fiber is included in the Heart & Soil® product line as Paper Fiber because it is an excellent source of organic matter and its physical properties provide the water retention capacity and erosion resistance that RMI’s manufactured topsoils have become known for. Paper fiber from kraft paper making is ideal for use as animal bedding and is sold by RMI as Heart & Soil® Paper Fiber. Either Paper Fiber or Paper Fiber Bedding will provide excellent results for agriculture, animal bedding, topsoil improvement, land reclamation, site development, landfill closures, and more.
Where does Paper Fiber come from?
Paper Fiber is a product of paper manufacturing. Paper fibers are paper fibers that are too short to bind together to make paper. Instead these fibers are converted to a new product – paper fiber. This product is an excellent source of organic matter. The organic matter in paper fiber helps improve low quality loam or sandy soils.
What are the benefits of Paper Fiber or Paper Fiber Bedding?
- Increases organic matter to improve poor soils
- Superior erosion control on steep and very steep slopes.
- Planted vegetation resists drought due to fiber’s unique structure
- Improves the soil’s capacity for water retention
- Soil fertility improves
- Excellent bulking qualities for aeration and soil structure
- Mixes into existing soils easily
- Can be used for animal bedding
- Conventional equipment can be used for handling
Why use Paper Fiber or Paper Fiber Bedding?
The paper fiber in either Paper Fiber or Paper Fiber Bedding is extremely absorbent, easy to handle, cost effective, and readily available. Manufactured topsoil using Paper Fiber is superior to loam for use on steep slopes or when subjected to extreme wet or dry weather conditions. Manufactured topsoil using Paper Fiber is highly erosion resistant and provides an exceptional growing medium for establishing vegetation on slopes. Paper Fiber Bedding is an excellent bedding material, is highly absorbent and a cost effective alternative to green sawdust.
How do I use Paper Fiber?
For topsoil: Paper Fiber can be spread using conventional agricultural equipment. It can be spread using a manure spreader or lime spreader, or it can be pushed out with a bulldozer and then incorporated into the soil. Paper Fiber can also be blended with sand in batches using construction equipment, and can then be placed like a conventional topsoil wherever you need it.
How do I use Paper Fiber Bedding?
For animal bedding: Paper Fiber Bedding is appropriate for bedding dry cows, heifers, beef, cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. Similar to green sawdust, Paper Fiber Bedding has an average 35% solids content and is high in organic matter. Paper Fiber Bedding can be used alone to bed stalls or as bedding pack. Paper Fiber Bedding can also be used to extend sawdust or other bedding by blending it 1:1.
How is Paper Fiber or Paper Fiber Bedding delivered?
Resource Management, Inc. only deals in bulk orders. This means that Paper Fiber and Paper Fiber Bedding are both delivered by tractor trailer load. Load sizes can vary between 20 and 30 wet tons depending on the trailer, but all deliveries require tractor trailer access, including a large flat area sufficient for the truck to turn around and safely off-load the delivery.