Compost for your home
Nourish your plants, beautify your yard
Using our composts and topsoils in flower beds, vegetable gardens, and lawns can help them grow faster, healthier and, for some types of vegetables, larger and tastier. This is because our composts and topsoils provide important nutrients, moisture retention, and space for roots in the soil—all of which are needed to allow plants to thrive.
Why use compost
Soil health is perhaps the most important thing to creating healthy, beautiful, and lower maintenance gardens and lawns. While there are many ways to add nutrients to your soil, compost is now recognized as the best and most economic choice because it adds immediate and long-term nutrients for plants. It is easy to use, saves money, and is environmentally friendly.
Grow better plants
Compost provides your soil with organic matter and microorganisms that produce immediate and long-term soil health. As these microorganisms grow, multiply, and move around, they create essential plant nutrients as well as space for roots to get air, water, and grow. In many ways, these microorganisms are like a personal chef and delivery vehicle for feeding your plants.
Easy to use
In contrast to fertilizers and other soil amendments where using too much might hurt your garden, compost is hard to use incorrectly. It says a lot that compost is preferred and used by experts yet is still easy for a new gardener to use. Compost is great for all types of plants—flowers, vegetables, lawns, trees, and shrubs—and works well in any type of soil.
The U.S. Composting Council notes that costs are up to two-thirds lower when mixing two inches of compost into existing soil versus replacing that soil with six inches of new topsoil, an old best practice. Compost also reduces your watering frequency and cost by retaining more moisture, eliminates the need for expensive chemical fertilizers, and reduces pests and plant diseases.
Help the environment
Compost is a leading way to help address climate change. Instead of putting food and yard waste in a landfill, where it releases methane, a gas that is 84 times worse for the environment than carbon dioxide, composting prevents this gas emission and recycles these materials' nutrients back into the earth. Once in the soil, compost also helps with carbon sequestration, taking carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in the soil.
How to use compost
There are two primary ways to use compost: tilling and topdressing. Tilling--or mixing compost into your existing soil--is usually done when establishing new gardens or lawns because it immediately supplies nutrients to your soil and plants. Topdressing--applying compost on top of your garden beds or lawn--is frequently used for existing beds and lawns because it doesn't disrupt the current root structures and allows the compost's nutrients and microorganisms to work down into the soil over time.