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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.


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