Why Apply Compost?
Healthy soils equal healthy plants. Compost is an all-natural product that benefits the field, the environment, and the bottom line, resulting in “Growing Success”. The value of compost is apparent in the gardens and fields where used. Unlike chemical fertilizers, compost has long-term positive effects in soils - improving their ability to hold nutrients and moisture, stabilize soil pH, and degrade pollutants. Compost retains disease-preventing properties that promote healthy soils; this results in stronger, more resilient plants.
Compost increases "Growing Success" in the following ways:
- Reduces dependence on the use of commercial chemical fertilizers, thus reducing growing costs.
- Increases moisture retention, which contributes to more efficient use of available water resources and can result in lower water expenses.
- Promotes more vigorous root systems due to better plant nutrition, soil conditions, aeration and retention.
- Improves growth and quality due to better plant nutrition.
- Optimizes growth and completion of plant life cycles, including blooming and seed development, thus shortening the planting to maturation time frame.
- Enhances fruit and flower maturation conditions, resulting in improved taste, quality and visual appeal.
- Effectively suppresses soil-borne plant pathogens and promotes natural insect resistance.
- Promotes better soil tilth, improved infiltration and water retention.
Additional Environmental Benefits
- Annual landfill diversion of tens of thousands of tons, which in turn reduces methane – a greenhouse gas emission 26 times greater than CO2
- Safe organic alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides
- Reduced toxic substances in our soils, groundwater, and runoff into our waterways
- Increased number of beneficial nitrifying microorganisms in the soil
- Increased availability of minor nutrients and trace minerals
- Reduced loss of ammonium fertilizers to vaporization and leaching