Sunday, June 17, 2018

Uses for Compost

  • Once yard wastes have fully decomposed, the compost appears as a rich, dark crumbly material called humus. Humus has a high organic content and contains nutrients to nourish plants. When added to clay soil, humus increases aeration and drainage. Humus mixed with sandy soil increases water retention.
  • Several inches of humus may be added to flower and vegetable gardens in the spring or fall. Similar to peat moss, humus may be mixed with soil and packed around the roots of newly-planted trees and shrubs. Humus can be mixed with topsoil for growing seedlings or houseplants. Screened humus may be used as a top dressing for lawns. Spread a layer of compost up to one inch over lawns in the spring and rake gently.
  • Humus makes an ideal mulch when applied to the soil like a blanket. Mulching vegetable and flower beds, shrubs and trees helps prevent soil from drying out, provides nutrients, prevents erosion and helps modify soil temperatures.