5 Uses for Compost in Your Garden

A week ago, I wrote a DIY: How to Build a Compost Bin?

Today, I want to cover a few uses of compost in your backyard. 

Compost is one of the most productive, most fertile elements in the world comprising of all the nutrients needed for shrubs, plants, and trees to grow. Compost has an abundance of uses in gardening and landscaping – one of the reasons why landscapers and horticulturists often have compost bins. Below is a list of five excellent applications of compost in your garden and yard.

  1. To fertilize surviving shrubs, trees, and plants, add some compost to the soil throughout the plant’s base. If you work with a deep-rooted plant, you may be able to till it into the ground. But in most cases, to evade damaging any root structures, it’s best to spray the compost lightly around the post of the plant. Ultimately, with watering and rainfall, the nutrients will trickle down into the soil to the trees’ roots.
  2. If you have infested soil in your area, compost is the perfect way to repair it. Whether your soil contains too much clay, is sandy, is too alkaline or too acidic, with compost and time, your land can go from poor to outstanding. Put some compost on top of the soil and till it in thoroughly. This method is best done in the fall, to allow enough time for soil amendment before spring planting.
  3. Young seeds require a lot of nutrients to get off to a safe, healthy start. Many times, seeds are planted in a peat moss mixture, but compost will also do very well. It’s fitting to mix your compost with some soil, to an estimated 50/50 ratio, and then plant the seeds in that soil for perfect germination.
  4. Many of us have blocks in our yards that could use some refreshing. Perhaps the garden has been degraded in some way, and it’s time to start some new grass from seed. Compost can aid significantly in this process. Once the old lawn has been removed, you can lay your grass seed and then spray it over with an overflowing layer of compost. This will help with two things. First, it will present much-needed nutrients to the grass seedlings, helping them proliferate. Second, it will cover the seeds adequately so that birds don’t eat all the seed before it has a chance to sprout.
  5. If you plan to plant some new plants, scrubs, or other trees, compost is an excellent way to improve the planting hole before putting the new plant in. Dig a hole wide enough to host the transplant, and somewhat deeper than needed. Next, add various shovelfuls of compost. Now, put the tree in and infill with dirt. The compost placed in the back of the hole will present nutrients instantly available to the plant’s root system, encouraging it to get a fresh start.

Compost is quite helpful in yard and gardening work and serves as one of the best fertilizers you can get. 

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