Not only does composting help the environment, but it can help your garden, yard, and house plants too! Compost is ready to use when it looks like soil and smells sweet and earthy. Here are some of the most common ways to use compost.
IN THE GARDEN mix 4” to 8” layer of compost into newly reclaimed or poor soils before planting. Then mix a 1/2” to 3” layer of compost into annual garden beds at least once a year. The compost will add nutrients, beneficial microbes, water, and improve plant growth.
AROUND THE YARD spread a 1” to 6” layer of coarse compost on soil as a mulch or spread a 1/2” layer of sifted weed-seed-free compost on turf grass as a top dressing. These can be done any time of the year to improve soil fertility and reduce watering needs.
ON HOUSE PLANTS sprinkle a thin layer of compost over house plant soil to provide nutrients. You can also make a great potting soil by mixing one part compost with two parts sand and/or soil.
DON’T HAVE A GARDEN? You can still make compost and use it on a house plant, give it to a friend, sprinkle it around a street tree, or use it in a community garden.
For more information on home composting, please visit www.anaheim.net/composting
For classes on composting,
please contact the Fullerton Arboretum at
(714) 278-3579 or visit www.fullertonarboretum.org