Six Great Reasons toUse CompostInstead of Fertilizer
If you are planning your spring garden and know your garden soil needs some revitalization – like many people, perhaps your first thoughts go to synthetic fertilizers, but garden compost is superior to synthetic commercial fertilizers in many ways. Here are 6 great reasons to use compost this spring.
- Compost improves the structure of soil. For dense soils such as clay or loam, compost adds porosity and water drainage, which in turn prevents erosion. For soils with fine textures, compost increases water retention and reduces compacting. Compost improves sandy soils by adding a variety of other soil components – organic matter and nutrients.
- Compost conditions the soil by adding nutrients.Utah compost adds macronutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, andmicronutrients like manganese, copper, zinc, and iron.
- Compost releases nutrients into soil slowly. Slow-release of nutrients means that the soil remains nutrient-rich over longer periods.
- Compost reducesenvironmental pollution. Synthetic fertilizers contribute to chemical runoff which ends up in waterways. Using compost instead of fertilizers eliminates this type of pollution. Compost also reduces the amount of organic material that goes to landfills.
- Compost adds and encourages biota.Utah compost encourages the propagation of healthy fungi, insects, bacteria, and worms in the soil which in turn both enrich the soiland keep it aerated.
- Compost cleans contaminated soil. Composting has remedial effects on soil that has been contaminated by volatile compounds, pesticides, hydrocarbons, preservatives and certain metals.
Landscape Supply of Utah has everything you need for your gardening chores this spring, including organic and poultry compost, Utah gravel and topsoil, Utah bark mulch, river rock, Utah landscaping rocks, boulders, water and fire pit features, and a plant nursery with a diverse selection of shrubs, trees, perennials and groundcover.
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