Compost Top Dressing

Talk to any expert in the field of horticultural and they will tell you; it all starts with the quality of your soil.  Since the soil is your landscape’s foundation, your lawn and plants success it directly tied to the quality and fertility of the soil it depends on for life.  The soils Organic content, water holding capacity, and amount of nutrients available are all dependent on the quality and structure of the soil.  Studies have shown that even poor soils have shown an amazing turnaround by the simple addition of a quality Organic amendment.

Adding Organic content through an application of Compost Tea or a high quality Organic fertilizer are positive steps in the right direction to improving your soils foundation and move towards an Organic, healthy lawn and landscape.  Compost Tea and Organic fertilizer over time will convert the underlying soils to a more Organic and natural state.  If you are looking for faster improvement and jump start your Organic transformation, Compost Top Dressing might just be the answer.

Compost Top Dressing is the single best process to amending your current soil by adding the best quality compost to the existing landscape.  Compost Top Dressing is just that, the addition of Compost on top of an existing lawn or landscape area to amend the soils and add a high quality Organic amendment to your existing environment.  There are many benefits to Top Dressing a lawn or landscape with compost and we wanted to highlight some top benefits…

1.  The Single best process to jump start your lawn to Organics… 

It is often said going Organic is not a sprint it is a marathon.  Ideas of a lush, green and healthy lawn in just a couple of fertilization treatments is just not a realistic goal.  Mother Nature does seem to take her time when left alone, but that is why we have our secret weapon, Compost Top Dressing more…

2.  Reduce your dependence on Chemical Treatments in the landscape…

Perhaps the primary and most often recognized benefit from using compost is the ability to reduce your dependence on chemicals.  You have chemicals for things like fertilization, weed control, fungus control, and of course those pesky insects!  Good quality composts will contain a range of both macro-nutrients (e.g., Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) and micro-nutrients (e.g., Manganese, Boron, Zinc, and Copper) largely in an organic form.  These nutrients will be released slowly as the organic matter decays. more…

3.  Helps plants grow better and survive longer…

It has been said the success of your plants health is directly related to the condition and fertility of the soils it is planted in.  This is most noticeable when you are talking about flowing plants or plants that produce vegetables.  The results are visible in the amount of flowers or the size and amount of fruit produced.  In lawns, trees, and non-flowing plants it is not as visible but just as important. more…

4. Increases the microbial activity with the addition of beneficial microbes…

Compost by itself has the ability to support a large and diverse population of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes.  A healthy soil can be home to over 13,000 different organisms.   According to Dr. E. Ingham, Soil Biologist, Oregon State University, a teaspoon of healthy soil can have up to more…

5. Protect and defend against diseases and fungus…

In today’s environment, the method most often used for combating lawn diseases is with chemical fungicides.  With the high uses of chemicals in the past, many diseases have developed immunity against various fungicides meant to control them.  If that was not bad enough, beneficial microorganisms in the soil are also harmed and killed by the frequent and over use of chemical fungicides.  This is where quality composts have shown to be a very effective treatment in the control of fungal outbreaks in lawns.  more…

Compost Top Dressing

6. Reduces Irrigation requirements…

Water is the gift of life.  To have any success in a landscape water will need to be accounted and planned for.  For some a sprinkler system is the answer, others hose and movable sprinkler, and yet others it is the hose, nozzle, and point routine.  Last I checked it seems that old Mother Nature gets by with none of these.  Now I am not saying going Organic means no more watering, but more…

7. Reducing thatch buildup in the lawn…

 Thatch is simply a layer of dead, un-decayed plant material that resides at the soil level.  Thatch is typically comprised of old grass clippings and other matter that has not decayed back to the soil level.  A small amount of thatch is normal in an organically active and healthy lawn but an elevated layer on the surface of the soils will deprive the lawn of much-needed oxygen, water, and nutrients.  This elevated layer of thatch is an indication the soil needs care because the Soil Food Web is not doing the job. more…

8. Powerful step in soil detoxification to amend soil damaged by years of chemical use…

Chemical products destroy, breakdown, and suppress the natural ecosystem of your landscape and years of repeated use will deplete your soils foundation of vital microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes.  What takes years to destroy with chemicals, may take longer to rebuild, Mother Nature’s Way.  more…