Benefits of using Compost

Improved Microbial Activity

Compost contains literally billions of micro-organisms. The more you encourage microbial activity in the soil, the better plant roots can pick up the nutrients.

Improved Soil Structure

Whether your soil is heavy clay or a sandy mix, adding compost will benefit its structure. Clay soil has particles so fine that they stick tightly together and do not easily allow in air and water. Compost binds to the clay particles and helps to open up the soil. Sandy soil has particles that are very coarse with lots of air space that allows water to drain through it very quickly. Compost fills these gaps and helps the soil to retain water.

Improved Soil Chemistry

Soil conditions can range from extremely alkaline or acidic to nutrient excesses or deficiencies. Compost helps soil chemistry by softening these extremes. Many micronutrients are tied up in the soil and are totally unavailable to plants. Composted matter will bond to these micronutrients such as iron, copper, magnesium and zinc and increase their availability

Earthworms Love It

Composted material provides food for earthworms, encouraging them to multiply. earthworm burrowing helps aerate the soil and their castings are a valuable source of nutrients and help retain water.

Other Benefits

Plant growth in soils amended with compost tend to be healthier, exhibit resistance to some diseases, are more resistant to pests, show increased drought tolerance and require less watering.