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Compost for Landscaping

compost for landscaping

Compost material is an excellent solution for improving soil fertility and structure in landscaping. It enriches the soil with organic matter, enhances water retention, and promotes the growth of healthy plants.

At Longo Landscape we use our compost material on our landscape custom projects. We also sell our compost material to customers.

There are several types of compost, with varied ingredients. Here are 2 types:

Brown Materials (Carbon-rich):

  • Dry leaves
  • Straw
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Cardboard (shredded)
  • Sawdust (small amounts)

 

Green Materials (Nitrogen-rich):

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds
  • Grass clippings (in moderation)
  • Garden waste (trimmings, weeds without seeds)
  • Kitchen scraps (avoid meat, dairy, and oily items)

 

If needed, you could add eggshells, wood ash, and even soil to introduce beneficial microorganisms

Composting Process

Build a Compost Bin:

  • Choose a suitable location for your compost bin, preferably in a shaded area.
  • Use a mix of brown and green materials as the base.

 

Layering:

  • Alternate layers of brown and green materials to maintain a balanced carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.
  • Aim for a mix of 3 parts brown to 1 part green materials.

 

Size Matters:

  • For effective composting, aim for a pile that is at least 3 feet high and 3 feet wide.
  • Smaller piles may not heat up enough for proper decomposition.

 

Turning:

  • Regularly turn the compost to aerate it and speed up decomposition.
  • Use a pitchfork or compost turner to mix the materials thoroughly.

 

Maintain Moisture:

  • Keep the compost pile moist, like a wrung-out sponge. Add water if it becomes too dry.
  • Excess water can lead to anaerobic conditions, so avoid waterlogging.

 

Patience:

  • Composting takes time. Expect the process to take several weeks to a few months.
  • Finished compost should be dark, crumbly, and have a rich, earthy smell.

Tips and Considerations

Avoid Adding:

  • Meat, dairy, and oily items (they attract pests and can create odors).
  • Diseased plants or weeds with seeds.
  • Pet waste (it may contain pathogens).

 

Use Finished Compost:

  • Once your compost is ready, incorporate it into your landscaping soil.
  • Spread a layer of compost around plants, trees, and shrubs.

 

Continuous Composting:

  • Maintain a continuous composting process by adding new materials regularly.

 

Adapt to Your Landscape:

  • Adjust the compost mix based on the specific needs of your landscape plants.

 

Creating and using compost in landscaping not only improves soil health but also reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers. It’s a sustainable practice that benefits both your garden and the environment.

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