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About Compost

Compost is composed of organic materials derived from plant and animal matter that has been decomposed through natural processes. The process of composting is simple and practiced by individuals in their homes, farmers on their land, and industrially by cities and factories. Compost is rich in nutrients and improves any type of soil. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus, and as a natural pesticide for soil.

–derived from the Wikipedia entry on compost

Why Compost

Many people wonder why they should compost or what the benefits are of using compost instead of chemical fertilizers. There are many reasons, including:

  • Compost is odorless.
  • Compost loosens tight soils.
  • Compost adds organic matter to the soil.
  • Compost is an organic soil amendment. There are no harsh chemicals.
  • Compost is environmentally friendly.

No matter what your soil type, growing conditions, or what you're growing, compost improves your soil and helps make your garden healthier.

How to Use BetterEarth Organic Compost

New Lawns

Apply BetterEarth Premium Organic Compost at approximately one bag (40#) per 30 square feet. Rake or till into existing soil. Broadcast seed on surface, roll, then water often until grass reaches 2 inches.

Established Lawns

Once or twice a year apply BetterEarth Premium Organic Compost at approximately one bag (40#) per 50 square feet (1/4" to 1/2" depth), and water thoroughly.

New Gardens

Apply BetterEarth Premium Organic Compost at approximately one bag (40#) per 10 square feet. Till to a depth of about 6".

Established Gardens

Apply BetterEarth Premium Organic Compost to a depth of about 2" and rake or hoe into the soil, if possible.

Planting Trees & Shrubs

Dig a hole 1/3 wider and 1/3 deeper than the root ball. Mix one part BetterEarth Premium Organic Compost to one or two parts loosened soil. Backfill hole to allow top of root ball to rest at ground level. Firm down soil and fill remainder of hole, being careful to pack tightly to prevent air pockets. Form a slight basin to catch rainwater for the young roots. Water thoroughly.

Potted Plants

Carefully remove plant from old container, disturbing roots as little as possible. Put BetterEarth Premium Organic Compost in the bottom of the container, then carefully place plant in the container. Fill the rest of the container, pressing firmly to prevent air pockets. Water thoroughly