Bring your soil to life with a quality compost. Compost is one of the best organic amendments for your soil. Adding organic matter to the soil by amending it with compost improves the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil. Compost also adds and promotes the growth of microorganisms and earthworms, both of which improve conditions for plant growth.
Compost also increases the moisture-holding capacity of your soil. This is critical for your turfgrass lawn, raised bed, or plants and shrubs to be able to uptake water from the soil during all times and especially during dry periods or drought.
Compost is a great amendment for our red clay soils here in North Georgia. Organic matter improves soil structure and therefore improving drainage and aeration. Better soil structure improves infiltration as well. Infiltration is the ability of your soil to actually allow the water down into the soil to the plant roots. Many heavy clay or high content clay lawns are so compacted that the irrigation water simply runs off the top of the lawn and essentially wastes water. Compost also improves sandy soils by retaining the moisture as mentioned above.
Compost increases the ability of the soil to hold and release essential nutrients for plants. By itself, even a great quality compost has limited available nutrients and release is a gradual process. However, its ability to increase your soil’s CEC (cation exchange capacity) is a fancy way of saying that it can help your soil hold on to valuable nutrients until the plant decides that it needs them.
Overall compost is an amendment that improves your dirt’s overall health. It’s not the quick fix approach. It’s the natural, healthy and truly organic approach. Remember, helping your dirt helps your plants. Over time your soil will become rich and enable your plants to take advantage of all the available water and nutrients.
There are several ways to incorporate compost.
It is a great amendment if you are going to use it in your raised bed, flower garden, vegetable garden, or other exposed soil garden. Before planting, you can simply mix in 1 to 2 inches of compost into the top 6 to 8 inches. Mixing can be either by hand or with a machine such as a tiller depending on the size area.
Topdressing is another method to add it to an existing planted surface such as your lawn. You can topdress with pure compost for sandy soils. However, we generally recommend a topdressing blend of 70% sand and 30% compost (we call it a 70/30 blend) or an 80/20 blend will work too. Topdressing your lawn involves cutting the grass as lower height, applying the topdressing, and dragging it in to level the material and your lawn. Keep in mind that the larger pieces of compost often remain on top but the valuable smaller organic matter will deposit on the soil with proper dragging/incorporation. Core aeration is recommended in conjunction to allow the particles to penetrate the soil as well.
Compost quality is critical and this is why you should choose River Sand as your supplier. Compost quality is determined by several factors. However, River Sand compost must pass a vigorous inspection and quality control. We also offer the most respected and thoroughly tested compost in the industry. The US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (STA) is a reputable method to insure your compost meets national qualifications and more importantly meets the needs of you and your soil. Please ask for STA Compost if you prefer it as we offer several different types of quality compost.
We provide and deliver compost to all of North Georgia and Greater Atlanta, including Cumming, Alpharetta, Milton, Buford and Dawsonville. If you have any questions about our compost or delivery services, just give us a call at 877-499-SAND.