Our 25 Acre Compost Facility in Lexington, Kentucky

Welcome to Thoroughbred Landscape Products, a Lexington, Kentucky compost producer and wholesale supplier for truck load customers and supplier for retail customers serviced by Distributors at Landscape Supply Stores

Watch how we make Organic Compost.



LIVING MULCH™ is a unique blend of hardwood tree bark mulch and our OMRI Listed® and STA TESTED® organic compost, making this perfect for most any mulching jobs. A rich dark mulch that accentuates any planting and enriches your soil at the same time.

With the addition of the compost, Living Mulch™ provides nitrogen to counter the carbon demand of the hardwood bark mulch therefore it is not robbing needed nitrogen away from your plants. Quality compost will improve the nutritional and physical characteristics of your soil, making Living Mulch™ more beneficial than hardwood bark mulch alone. Living Mulch™ stays dark longer and provides a stunning contrast to your plants, while being weed and insect free. For more information about our compost see the Composting below. Apply at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.


STANDARDBRED COMPOST™ is made from wood shavings and sawdust that has been used as horse bedding. This organic compost is excellent for all your soil amendment, topdressing and planting needs. The loose texture of this OMRI Listed® and STA tested compost is easy to spread and to handle.

Using Standardbred Compost incorporate 2-3 inches into the soil at a depth of 6-8 inches. As a mulch apply a layer of 2-3 inches to the surface as an organic mulching material. As a topdressing apply to your existing turf at a depth of no more than 1 inch and water or let rain wash it in. As a landscape backfill mix follow the directions below.



Thoroughbred Compost™ is made from local straw horse bedding right here in Central Kentucky under the strict guidelines of the U.S. Composting Council’s, Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) program. This OMRI Listed® compost is a premium dark, totally organic soil amendment, which is weed and pathogen free. Using Thoroughbred Compost incorporate 2-3 inches into the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches. As a landscape backfill mix for planting trees and shrubs mix 1 part compost with 2 parts topsoil to improve soil quality and promote healthy plants.


Premium blended topsoil

Premium Blended Topsoil made from only the best regional topsoil and blended with our OMRI Listed® organic compost. The addition of the compost gives your plantings a nutritional boost that regular topsoil does not. We power screen and shred our topsoil which removes clumps for easier spreading. You can buy no better topsoil than ours.


50-50 Pine Compost Blend

50% Compost & 50% Loblolly Pine Bark Fines is a blend of 50% compost and 50% Pine Bark Fines. This premium dark rich product can be used as mulch or a soil conditioner, especially when your soil is marginal quality. Till old mulched plant bed in the early Spring to prepare for planting and re-mulch with 50-50 blend, this is also a great potting mix.

50-50 Mulch works by restoring organic matter to the soil. Organic matter improves the soil structure by helping to develop a strong, healthy root system.

Apply to a depth of 2-3 inches.



Premium Hardwood Bark Mulch is a shredded blend of aged indigenous bark and is ideal for all mulch applications. The consistent dark color and lasting appearance will add beauty to your landscape projects.

Hardwood bark mulch aids in weed control and water conservation. Apply at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

Playground & Surfacing Chips

Playground and Surfacing Chips are uniform and clean wood chips which has multiple uses, including playgrounds and walking surfaces. This material is light in color and provides a consistent surface. Apply at a depth of 2-3 inches, place deep enough to create a firm surface.


Equine Safe Surface, This material is made from clean, uniform wood chips and is specially ground for walking paths and high traffic areas. Equine Safe Surface has good compaction for superior footing on all grades, yet drains well and lasts longer. We are proud that this product is the first choice of many leading horsemen in Central Kentucky. Apply at a depth that suits your needs, place deep enough to create a firm surface.

Pine Bark Fines

PINE BARK FINES are an excellent plant bed top dressing with the added bonus of a soil conditioner. Light weight and consistent sizing makes this material very easy to spread. Apply at a depth of 2-3 inches.

potting media

Potting Media can be custom blended in any combination with 25 yard minimum. It is an organically enriched potting media which is made with our OMRI Listed® organic Thoroughbred Compost™ and Loblolly Pine Fines. The advantages include good moisture retention while providing excellent drainage, a nutritional source and reduced transplant shock. Use as you would any soilless potting media, to achieve higher yields and more vibrant colors.




A Rain Garden/Bioswale is defined as a landscape element designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. Rain Gardens have become very popular in residential areas. These areas not only enhance the landscape, but more importantly reduce stormwater runoff and filter pollutants, thus improving water quality. In most cases the soil will need to be replaced or at least amended with sand, compost and sometimes other ingredients. We have the equipment and facilities to custom blend these specialty soils as needed. Made to customer specifications (25 yards minimum).


Where to Buy Material and find Additional Information

For bulk load customers (25 cubic yards+) 7:00am to 4:30pm call Kelly Johnson 859-293-6658 for pricing and freight options: you can provide your own truck that will haul a minimum of 25 cubic yards of loose material, or we can arrange larger loads on a Tri-Axel Truck or Tractor Trailer.

For retail customers (1/2 cubic yard+ of loose loaded material) see our Landscape Supply Store Distributer Contact List, copied below, for products offered, pricing, location, and hours of operation, the Landscape Supply Stores may offer delivery.



Landscaper’s Corner
1305 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY   40504

  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)
  • Standardbred Compost
  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compose blend
  • 50% Standardbred Compost and 50% aged Pine bark fines for potting mix

Diamond Pond/Kentucky Gardens/Fountains
4400 Athens-Boonesboro Road
Lexington, KY 40509

  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend) 
  • Standardbred Compost

Tracy’s Landscape
167 South Forbes Road
Lexington, KY 40511

  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)
  • Standardbred Compost
  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compost blend 



Showplace Garden Center
2945 Dixie Highway
Dry Ridge, KY 41035

  • Standardbred Compost


Maddox Garden Center
8430 Dixie Highway US125
Florence, KY 41042

  • Standardbred Compost


Wilson’s Nurseries, Inc.
3690 East-West Connector
Frankfort KY 40601

  • Top Soil and Standardbred Compost Blend
  • 50% Standardbred Compost and 50% aged Pine bark fines for potting mix


Landscape-Alternatives, Inc.
1646 Lexington Road
Georgetown, KY  40324

  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)
  • Standardbred Compost
  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compose blend

Pratt’s Lawn & Landscape
1839 Lexington Road
Georgetown KY 40324

  • Hardwood Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch)


Carbajal’s Garden Center
1655 Harrodsburg Road
Lawrenceburg KY 40342

  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compose blend
  • Standardbred Compost


Pineview Nursery
303 Tilden Street
Leitchfield, KY 42754
270 259-4189

  • Standardbred Compost


Fresh Start

1007 East Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40206

  • Standardbred Compost

Ken Mulch

2708 Outer Loop
Louisville, KY 40219


  • Standardbred Compost



Kings Garden Center

4560 Nicholasville Rd.
Lexington, KY 40515

  • Standardbred Compost

Sharp Lawn
3000A John C. Watts Drive
Nicholasville, KY 40356

  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)
  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compose blend

Springhouse Gardens

185 W Catnip Hill Rd
Nicholasville, KY  40356


  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)
  • 50% Standardbred Compost and 50% aged Pine bark fines for potting mix



Jones Brothers
219 North Keeneland Drive
Richmond, KY 40475

  • Standardbred Compost
  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compose blend

Diamond Pond / KY Gardens / Fountains
2393 Irvine Road
Richmond, KY 40475
606-213-4513 or 859-368-3694

  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)
  • Standardbred Compost


Woodford Feed Co.

498 Lexington Road
Versailles KY 40383


  • Standardbred Compost

MacDougal’s Garden Center

1460 Troy Pike
Versailles KY 40383
Facebook: MacDougals Garden Center Facebook Page



  • Living Mulch (aged hardwood bark mulch and Compost blend)


By-Pass Auto Parts-Hardware & Rental

845 Bypass Road
Winchester KY 40391


  • Topsoil and Standardbred Compose blend 

How much material to buy:

Example: 25 feet long x 4 feet wide = 100 square feet total area
For 3-inch layer (see chart below, 3-inch layer and 9 cubic yards)
Multiply 100 square feet total area x 9 cubic yards then divide by 1,000

The results is 0.9 cubic yards or approximately 1 cubic yard.


Thoroughbred Landscape Products™ a division of Creech Services, Inc. began in 2000. However our president Charles T. Creech, a well respected supplier of hay and straw to the horse industry, has been in business in Lexington, Kentucky since 1981 when Charles T. Creech, Inc., was founded.

Creech Services, Inc. was founded in 1987 to meet a growing need of local horse farms. The primary function of Creech Services at that time was to provide an outlet for farms used horse bedding. The main use of this bedding is to ship to mushroom farms where it serves as the major ingredient in their compost growth medium.  By employing the same level of outstanding service and on time delivery as Charles T. Creech, Inc., Creech Services was recognized in 1991, as the recipient of the Select Supplier Award from Campbell’s Soup Company, for consistent delivery to its mushroom operations.

In 2000, Creech Services began construction of its own compost facility that was completed in early 2001. By 2005 another ten acres of concrete doubled its capacity. Since that time, in addition to shipping to mushroom farms, Creech Services has been producing its Thoroughbred and Standardbred Composts from the excess horse bedding for use by local gardeners, landscapers, greenhouses and even its horse farm customers.

In 2004 Creech Services, Inc. acquired Wholesale Mulch, a retail mulch business, expanding its product offerings to the community. In 2006 the facility was renamed Creech Mulch. In 2007 a decision was made to move from a retail operation to a purely wholesale distributor. A network of proven retail and landscape companies were chosen that had the same philosophy of delivering quality products and services to their customers as Creech Services has done over the years. Thus our line of Thoroughbred Landscape Products became more widely distributed in Central Kentucky and beyond.


It begins with our Organic Certifications.

Not all compost is the same, Real Compost Works:

Both Thoroughbred Compost and Standardbred Composts are certified organic by participating in the testing and reporting program to be OMRI Listed and both Compost products participate in the testing and reporting to receive the US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance of consistent product quality.  Certificates for each are available upon request.

Real Compost supplies significant quantities of organic matter, organic matter supports growing bigger and healthier plants – safely and naturally.

Real Compost is weed free and pathogen free, suppressing diseases and insects, plants resist disease and harmful bugs in soil made healthy with compost rich in organic matter and beneficial microorganisms.

Real Compost improves soil structure and porosity creating a better plant root environment, improves the water holding capacity, reduces water loss, compost retains 3 times its weight in water.  Compost supplies a variety of slow-release nutrients, Nitrogen is fixed in the compost and therefore it doesn’t wash out!  Compost slow releases water and nutrients necessary for plants to thrive.

Real Compost improves soil pH and must have no more than a 20 to 1 Carbon:Nitrogen ratio.


What is Compost?
Compost is the product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of organic material that has been sanitized through the generation of heat and  stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. Our compost, whether it be Thoroughbred or Standardbred Compost, is an organic matter source that has the unique ability to improve the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soils and growing media.

Why use Thoroughbred or Standardbred Compost?
Composting in theory is simple. Just mix organic matter with water and plenty of oxygen and the microorganisms do the rest. Yet, it isn’t that simple, and there are large disparities among composts. Some are rich in nutritional value, organic matter and millions of beneficial microbes. While others are virtually dead, either burnt by improper processing or composed of little more than inert wood by-products. Poorly composted material can sometimes do more harm than good.

That’s why we at Thoroughbred Landscape Products™ chose to become a member of the United States Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (STA). Under the guidelines of this program,  monitoring and records have to be maintained and in our case, testing of our products is conducted every two (2) months by an independent lab with the results made available upon request. This “Compost Technical Data Sheet” allows the end user to effectively compare the characteristics of the STA certified compost you are considering for purchase. When you are shopping, ask if the compost you are considering is STA approved and OMRI Listed®.

What are the benefits of true compost?

  • Pathogen free
  • Improves soil structure and porosity creating a better plant root environment
  • Improves the water holding capacity, reducing water loss
  • Supplies a variety of slow-release nutrients
  • Supplies significant quantities of organic matter
  • Improves soil pH
  • Supplies beneficial microorganisms to the soil
  • Can suppress certain diseases and insects