Compost in bags

Benefits of Compost

Learn why compost is beneficial for your garden and landscape.

Diagram of Compost

Compost is NOT manure, mulch, fertilizer, peat moss or topsoil.

Compost IS rich in organic matter and nutrients, alive with microorganisms (and often macroorganisms), stable due to slow decomposing, and weed "clean". Compost conditions the soil with organic matter and slowly releases fertizlier. It holds water and nutrients while providing erosion protection and suppresses weeds and disease.

The benefits of using compost as mulch:

  • Reduces evaporation
  • Weed suppression
  • Moderates soil temperature
  • Reduces erosion & runoff
  • Amends soil (even well below the surface)