Composting is Natures way of recycling in its truest form. When leaves fall from a tree in the forest they decompose and provide nutrients to the plants for further growth. Compost is the product resulting from the decomposition of organic material that is sanitized through the generation of heat to a point that it is sustainable for plant growth. Compost is a completely decayed organic matter and is an essential ingredient to healthy soil. Compost is a valuable and rich soil amendment with many benefits:
- Environmentally correct product
- Improves soil texture, porosity, and density, thus creating an improved plant root environment.
- Weed free source of organic matter
- Rich in plant nutrients
- Reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers
- Suppresses plant diseases and pests
- Improves moisture and stabilizes soil PH
- Reduces compaction and loosens heavy clay soils
- Compost can and does replace Peat soil. Peat soil is an environmentally detrimental product because it desecrates boreal forest land.
COMPOSTING QUESTIONS & TIPS
ACCEPTABLE: fruits, vegetables, food scraps, dairy products, grain products, cooked meat and fish, egg shells, coffee grinds and filters, tea bags, yard trimmings, plants, sawdust, wood shavings, paper napkins, shredded paper, and cardboard.
NOT ACCEPTABLE: plastic, metal, glass, Styrofoam, bottles and cans, aluminum foil, hazardous waste materials, grease, uncooked meat, uncooked fish, and any other non organic material.
- Flowerbeds: If the soil is hard packed clay, spread a 5-6" inch layer of Compost on the top and mix or roto-till it in with the existing soil. If the soil is not too bad and relatively loose, spread a 3-4" inch layer of compost and mix or roto-till it in with the existing soil.
- Vegetable Gardens: After planting your garden, loosen the soil row-by-row and cover it with a 1-2” inch layer of Compost. This will provide ideal air penetration for plant roots, thus reducing soil compaction. The Compost will also provide efficient moisture retention, and will hinder weed germination
- Lawn: Cut your lawn slightly shorter then normal. Broadcast your compost lightly over your lawn; try not to smother your lawn by over spreading as it may create dead spots. The lawn should be well watered to encourage growth.
- Mulch: Compost can be used as mulch in your flowerbeds to hinder weed growth. Spread a 3-4” inch layer of Compost in the bed, do not mix or roto-till the Compost into the existing soil.
- Are there any precautions with Compost?
- If your Compost is still warm then it is not mature and most likely still active. Applying this compost could result in burning your lawn, plants or vegetables. Ensure that the compost is not still cooking.
- If your Compost is still emitting a rotting odor then it is not mature and most likely still active. Applying this compost could result in burning your lawn, plants or vegetables. Ensure that the compost is not still cooking.
A fully matured, screened, weed free organic soil amendment and conditioner. Thoroughbred™ Compost derives from straw animal bedding, grass clippings, leaves and food waste.
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