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A Guide to Composting

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needComposting is the transformation of organic materials through decomposition into a soil-like material called compost.

Compost is proving to be an important product to the landscaping and farming industry. In many ways it fills a ‘product void’, providing a consistent bulk soil amendment that can be supplied in large volumes. It is also unique in that it is manufactured under controlled and scientifically monitored conditions. Compost is also an extremely versatile product that can improve the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the soil. It is often used in general soil preparation for garden, organic farms and turf establishment, in outdoor planter mixes, as a turf top dressing (maintenance), as a mulch and a main constituent in manufactured topsoils.

Watson C&D composts are derived from the high temperature, aerobic decomposition of organic residuals under strictly controlled conditions. They are manufactured from a variety of feedstocks such as green waste (yard waste materials from households, parks, and gardens), clean wood waste, food waste (commercial grocery chains and industrial entities) and other environmentally safe organic materials.

 
Benefits of Compost Use:  

Whether it's new landscape construction or maintenance, incorporating compost into the soil on all landscape projects is cost-effective and results in significant benefits.

  • reduces soil compaction and increases root growth
  • increases populations of beneficial soil microbes
  • improves plant health and growth rates
  • increases nutrient levels
  • reduces nutrient losses and improves cation exchange capacity
  • greatly improves the soils ability to absorb and store water
  • improves plant survival and growth rates

For more information on the benefits of composting, facts and questions, click the PDF in our "resources" area on this page.

 

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Microorganisms:

What you can't see can help you!

Microbes turn dirt into soil. They give the soil body and texture as well as the feel and smell of healthy soil. A functional ecosystem contains an abundance of microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria, to small animals, etc. Over 50 types or groups have been proven beneficial to the soil and to plant growth. Microorganisms help roots take up nutrients and are required by most plants.

To continue reading about microorganisms and their benefits, click the PDF in our "resources" area on this page.

 

Organic Fertilizers:

Over the last few years there has been a lot of exciting new research on fertilizers. We have learned that organic fertilizers work better, are cheaper to use, do not pollute, and do not create pest and insect problems. Also organic fertilizers by law are not allowed to contain hazardous waste.

In October of 2002, the EPA allowed manufacturers of artificial fertilizers to dispose of hazardous waste containing lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, etc. in the fertilizer and they do not have to tell you.  Organic fertilizers are tightly regulated hence they are safer to use (an easy way to protect your children and pets), work better and at lower cost!

To continue reading about organic fertilizers and their benefits, click the PDF in our "resources" area on this page.

 

Water Conservation:

Did you know one way to conserve a substantial amount of water is to increase the organic matter content of your soil with Watson C & D's compost? It's true. Adding good quality compost to your garden and lawn is an environmentally responsible approach to water conservation, and it will save you money.

Compost is a very effective water conservation tool because it is capable of holding up to six times its own weight in water. It improves the soils structure biologically, physically, and chemically. Compost provides stabilized organic matter to soils and increases the fertility of soils through many benefits.

To continue reading about water conservation and its benefits, click the PDF in our "resources" area on this page. 

 

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