There are very few disadvantages of composting, however you must understand them to see the big picture. First, it takes a long time for the compost to break down and be ready to use. Consequently, the heap takes about a year or more to decompose without any turning. Second, compost sometimes attracts pests and rodents when not covered properly. Finally, heaps tend to emit a foul odor during the decomposition process, so try to set them up farther away from living areas if possible.
Compost Versus Fertilizer
There are a few key reasons why people think compost is better than fertilizer. First, organic matter is the main ingredient, rather than manufactured materials. Therefore, the nutrients in compost feed plants more naturally than those in fertilizer. Second, it improves the structure of soil, making it more aerated and able to hold more water. Hence, it helps reduce the amount of water and fertilizer that healthy plants need. Finally, compost helps suppress plant diseases and pests, which further reduces the need for chemicals.
Compost Versus Top Soil
There are many benefits to using compost in your garden, including improved drainage, increased moisture retention, and added nutrients. Topsoil benefits plants by providing a base for the roots and protecting them from extreme temperatures. So, which is better? In brief, it really depends on your needs. If you are starting a garden from scratch, then topsoil is a good cost-effective option. If you already have a garden and are looking to improve the quality of your soil, then compost is a great choice. Both products have their pros and cons, so it’s important to choose the right one for your garden. Of course, if you do a little research, then you often find the perfect solution for your needs.
Using Compost on a Lawn
Yes, using compost on a lawn is a good idea. In fact, we recommend it! By spreading compost on your lawn, you add nutrients to the soil and help the grass grow. Also, applying a layer of nutrient rich top-dressing keeps the lawn healthy and free of weeds.
The Best Way to Spread Compost
We already know that there are many benefits to spreading compost on your lawn or garden. So, what’s the best way to spread it? While there are a number of ways to do it, we recommend using a Landzie Compost & Peat Moss Spreader. The Landzie ensures an even distribution of top-dressing over your lawn or garden. Also, it retains unwanted chucks in the basket for easy disposal. Here are a few tips for using a Landzie Spreader on your lawn:
- First, fill the spreader with top-dressing. We recommend using a medium-textured compost for best results.
- Second, start spreading by walking a path around your lawn or garden.
- Third, be sure to overlap each pass to ensure an even distribution.
- Once you’re finished spreading, empty any remaining large chunks from the spreader and give your lawn or garden a good watering.
How Much Compost to Add to a Lawn
When it comes to amending your soil with compost, more is not necessarily better. In fact, too much decomposed material actually does more harm than good, because it can smother the grass. Therefore, it is best to start with a small amount and then gradually increase it over time as needed. Additionally, a general rule of thumb is to add 1/4 to 1/2 inch of top-dressing to your soil each time you plant. If you have particularly sandy or clay-like soil, then you may need to add a bit more. And if your soil is already pretty rich, you may not need to add as much.
The best way to figure out how much compost your soil needs is to do a simple test. Take a handful of soil and mix it with an equal amount of compost. If the mixture looks and feels like rich, crumbly earth, then you have the perfect ratio. If it looks or feels too sandy or too clay-like, then you will need to adjust the amount of compost you add accordingly.
How Often to Apply Compost to the Lawn
How often you need to apply a top-dressing depends on how quickly your lawn is growing and how nutrient-rich your soil is. If you have a fast-growing lawn in nutrient-deficient soil, then you may need to apply it once every 1-2 weeks. In contrast, if you have a slower-growing lawn in nutrient-rich soil, then you may only need to apply it once every 4-6 weeks. Ultimately, the best way to determine how often to apply it to your lawn is to pay attention to your grass. A yellow or unhealthy looking lawn is a sign that you should apply nutrients. Compost is an excellent way to provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and green.
When spreading compost, be sure to distribute it evenly over the entire surface of your lawn or garden. Additionally, you can use a Landzie Lawn Leveling Rake to help spread the it around and even out the surface. Once your topdressing is evenly distributed on the ground, water the area thoroughly to help the nutrients work their way into the soil.
When to Spread Compost on Your Lawn or Garden
We recommend spreading compost on your lawn or garden in early spring, but before plants have started to grow. Hence, this early preparation gives the compost time to work its way into the soil and provides nutrients for the growing season. You can also spread compost in fall, which will help to improve the quality of your soil for the following year. Truly, how often you spread compost will depend on the needs of your lawn or garden.