How to Use Compost
You compost has been cooking and now it's finished. It's time to use it,
all over your yard and gardens.
Finished compost is rich in nutrients and minerals. It enriches the soil,
and feeds your plants. You can use it on any plant, mixing it into the soil,
before planting, or on top of the soil as a mulch.
Mixing Compost into Garden Soil
Prior to planting your garden each spring, spread a generous amount of compost
across the garden. Then, turn it into the soil, or use a roto-tiller to mix
it in. There's no right or wrong to how you turn it into the soil.
Ideally, it should be incorporated into the soil, just prior to planting.
Now that your garden has been enriched with compost, you can cut down, or
eliminate, the use of chemical fertilizers at the start of the season....
you save $$$$
Planting or Transplanting Trees, Bushes and Shrubs
This is a great time to use compost, giving trees, bushes and shrubs a great
start in their new home.
Dig the hole. Add in some compost, mixing it with the soil. Then, plant the
tree, bush, or shrub.
Using Compost as a Mulch
Fresh compost looks great as a mulch. Spread a thick layer around any plant.
Because it decomposes further into the soil fairly quickly, multiple applications
during the season may be needed.
Vegetable gardeners especially love using compost as a mulch.
Storing Finished Compost
Left exposed to the environment, valuable nutrient and minerals in the material
can leach out of the compost from rain or melting snow. If you have the finished
compost in a barrel or compost tumbler, it is protected. If it is out tin
the open, cover it with a tarp.