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What Is the Best Type of Compost to Use in Your Garden?

Roughly 67% of Americans believe that they would have a nicer yard if they employed professional landscaping. This is according to a recent survey by Harris Poll for the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Although this is not far from the truth, you can achieve a perfect yard by using compost and other maintenance hacks.

Adding compost to your garden is a surefire way to boost the soil’s health whether you want to plant fruits or vegetables. However, choosing suitable compost is crucial because composts vary according to their ingredients.

The ideal compost should have balanced nutrients, a good structure, and texture. However, you can get compost that is customized according to your purpose.

The Different Types of Composts

Compost can be classified as either a multi-purpose or specific use compost.

Multi-Purpose Composts

This versatile compost, used to plant various plants, is usually made from mixing peat, lime, and other materials.

It has the right amount of nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphate, which are essential for plant growth.

It has a fine crumble texture that promotes drainage, hence suitable for a wide range of plants. Also, because it is 100% natural, it is gentle and ideal for your plants.

Specific Seed Composts

This type of compost is formulated to suit the plant’s needs at a specific stage to enhance growth. It consists of specific ingredients added to the multi-purpose compost.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Compost

Ensure that you purchase the ideal multi-purpose or specific-use compost by looking for:

  • Nutrient balanced compost: Ensure you enquire about the nutrient composition even when purchasing liquid compost. The ideal compost should support the growth of your plants depending on what you want to achieve — be it for a specific use or multi-purpose.
  • Recommended structure: For your garden to thrive, you need compost that has a good structure that allows aeration. This will support a healthy root system.
  • The right texture: The ideal compost for your garden should have a fine crumble texture that doesn’t encourage water clogging. It should also not need to be watered frequently.
  • Look for quality compost: Purchase compost from companies that prioritize quality. This ensures that the nutrients are well balanced.

While choosing the best compost for your garden may seem like a hassle, consulting an expert is highly recommendable. Depending on what you want to plant, they evaluate your soil and advise accordingly.

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