Compost

Compost is the organic material created from the decomposition of natural materials like food, yard clippings, or animal manure. While it is possible to create your own compost, large amounts of compost can be hard to create. Our selection of compost is packed with minerals and nutrients to help gardens thrive. 

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Choosing Ready-To-Use Compost

There are different kinds of compost available to consumers, but vary widely, even within one brand from batch to batch. While it can be difficult to sort out exactly what makes up your purchased compost, a high quality brand will give you a good idea of what it contains. Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing your compost:

  1. Texture: Compost should be a loose, easily spreadable texture, with no recognizable pieces of material like bark or sticks or big chunks.
  2. Moisture: Compost should be moist, but never wet or soggy. If your bagged compost is mushy or very wet, it won’t perform as it should. One of the main benefits of compost is its ability hold water; if it’s already water logged, it won’t be able to hold any more.
  3. Color: Look for dark brown or black compost. You might not be able to tell immediately when the product is fresh out of the package; let it dry out a little bit before assessing true color. Light colored compost could indicate that the product hasn’t composted fully and doesn’t contain enough organic matter.
  4. Smell: All compost will have a smell, especially right out of the plastic bag, but should never be overpowering or unpleasant. It should smell very earthy and woodsy. If you smell a very strong, stinky smell, avoid using this product. It can indicate an immature product and applying it to plants could cause damage.

Different Types of Compost

Compost may mean different things to different people. Manure that has been cured is often used as compost, but so are decomposed plant materials. Both are compost, but have different properties. Here’s a brief list of different compost blends you might come across:

  • Manure Compost: Manure compost can come from different animals, like turkeys, cows, or buffalo. . All have been aged and can be used as a soil amendment or even plant food in some cases.
  • Manure Blends: Manure is often blended with wood shavings to create a complete compost material.
  • Humus: Humus is, simply put, the resulting material created from decaying plant and animal products, or compost. You may be unable to determine exactly what plant and animal materials have gone into your compost unless you make it yourself.
  • Compost Tea: Compost tea is material you soak in water and then use the resulting compost “brew” to water plants. It adds beneficial microbes to the soil.
  • Compost Starter or Maker: You may come across this type of product on your compost journey. It is usually made up of microbes that help to speed up the decomposition process. While they’re not necessary for composting, using them may result in a finished product much faster.

Benefits of Using Compost

There are many benefits of using compost in your gardening and landscaping. The main benefit is that compost improves your soil’s characteristics so your plants are able to thrive.

  • Improves drainage
  • Improves water retention
  • Helps store plant nutrients and keeps them from leeching out of the soil
  • Can be used as a soil amendment to create better soil structure, especially in sandy or clay soils.
  • Contains micronutrients
  • Invites soil-dwelling organisms like worms and other insects with a food source

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