Materials & Services

lease note that the private entities listed have not been vetted and verified by the Gardens Network, and are offered here for informational purposes only.

Garden Materials

Wood Chips 
City of Madison

Wood chips are provided and delivered for free by the City of Madison to gardens on City Land
Depending on the location of your garden (Eastside or Westside), wood chip requests are made through the Streets Department via email (West) or by phone (East).  In general Park Street is the dividing line between east and west.  Example:  Brittingham Park is in Streets East; Marlborough is Streets West.

Streets East:  608-246-4532 (call 8am-3pm week days)

Streets West: email woodchip request  to

Urban Tree Management

Contact:, 608-609-1005, or visit their website.

Get Chip Drop

Go to to request drop offs from local tree services. You will have to sign up or login to make requests.


Finished compost can be purchased from local companies at a reduced rate for community gardens.

Circle B, Inc

The City of Madison now contracts with Circle B, a private company in DeForest, to recycle home & yard waste. They offer compost to community & school gardens at a reduced rate; $30/cubic yard. Delivery rates vary from $35.00-40.00 depending on location. They can deliver 2-10 yards of finished compost. To place an order, call (608) 846-9200 and tell them you are from a community garden. You can also visit their website to make purchasing arrangements.

Purple Cow Organic Compost

Purple Cow Organics offers bulk organic compost (35 cubic yards minimum) to community gardens at a reduced rate. Please contact Steve Stumbras for detailed information: (608) 332-7047. Smaller quantities at retail pricing can be delivered by Pat Ferrell: (608) 576-7364. Local landscaping companies may have additional options.

In-plot Composting

Gardens may want to look at how they can increase in-garden composting initiatives to help build necessary soil nutrients. Dane County UW Extension Horticulture staff or their trained Master Gardener Volunteers may be available for workshops on composting to hold at your garden. Learn more and contact them at

Keleny Top Soil, Inc. 

Keleny Top Soil is a landscaping company that principally offers top soil, but also delivers compost and other garden supplies.  They can be contacted at 608-833-4835 or through the contact form on their website.

Hay and Straw

Yelk Brother farm:  , 608-837-9535 or 608-513-9855 or, delivers marsh hay for $4.50/bale. Please always verify the price with them. They can deliver full loads of 69 bales (using pickup truck bed) up to several hundred bales (using truck and trailer). The cost of the delivery is included in the price. Half loads (25-30 bales) can be delivered, but Jim prefers if gardens would pair up to allow him to deliver a full load. Please give Jim about 2 days’ notice to deliver; he can deliver to the gardens during the evenings or on weekends.

John Becker: 608 – 843 – 8355, delivers bales of marsh hay to locations in Dane County.  $4/bale.

Dennis Chadwick, marsh hay: contact for prices and delivery information at 608-220-1831.

Lake Weeds

Any community garden can request a free delivery of lake weeds to use as a soil amendment through the Dane County Public Works – Lake Management Division. Call 246-3897 a few days in advance during late May until late August to request a load. Weeds are delivered by the truckload (6-8 cubic yards) and the trucks must be able to access the garden to deliver. Occasionally, less than full loads are available for delivery. NOTE: To avoid anaerobic decomposition (and complaints from neighbors), it is imperative to spread weeds right away.

Native Plants

You can order native plants through Plant Dane. Visit for more information on placing order. There are 50+ native species; most plants are $2.00 each and all species must be ordered in multiples of four. Order deadline for this year is March 31st, 2017. Plants will be available for pick up on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at Dane County Land and Water Resources Building – 5201 Fen Oak Dr., Madison, WI 53719.



Gardens can call the following people to come to their garden and till plots or the entire garden. You will have to pay them directly. Usually they have a minimum charge (typically about two hours) so it pays to organize this among your fellow gardeners if only some plots need to be tilled, but not the entire garden.

  • Alex Butz | (608) 886-3077 | | Available for tilling large and small gardens. Can also plow and disc large gardens. Does some mechanical repairs as well. Contact for a price quote.
  • Art Maerz | (608) 235-4389 | | Art is available for tilling throughout Dane County and operates a small tractor that can till individual garden plots or larger garden spaces.
  • Tim Lawhern | (608) 577-0888 | | Please call for price quote. I have 3 sizes of tilling equipment: Troybilt rear time tiller; John Deer 18 horse diesel tractor with tiller (about the width of a riding lawn mower) and a 50 HP Kubota with tiller.  I have done as much as 2 acres and as little as a flower bed.

For routine water issues about an existing hydrant or hookup issues (e.g. minor leaks, end of season request for removal of hookup) call: Amy Jones, Water Utility Operations Clerk, at 608 -266-4647 or email For major large leaks and problems, call the Water Utility’s 24/7 emergency number (608) 266-4661. If your garden is in a City of Madison park, please call Eric Knepp at 608-266-4711 to arrange to have the water turned on.

Soil Testing

The UW Soil Department’s Analysis Lab is now located in Marshfield, WI. For established gardens interested in soil nutrient levels, pH, organic matter and recommendations, visit the UW Soil Lab website. A standard soil analysis costs $15 per sample.

Translation Services

Contact the City Clerk’s office (266-4601) or utilize the Community Garden Leadership Forum for recommendations.

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