USING COMPOST WISELY
What do I do with all this good compost I've made? Compost is a valuable
amendment that improves soil structure. It increases air and water circulation
within the soil. Compost loosens clay soils and improves the moisture holding
ability of sandy soils. Adding compost prolongs nutrient supply by holding
nutrients in reserve for gradual uptake by the plants. Although it adds small amounts of a
wide range of nutrients, compost is not usually used exclusively as a complete
fertilizer; but rather a complement that increases the effectiveness of fertilizer.
- Work 2 to 4 inches of compost into your garden in the fall. During the
growing season use compost as top dressing or side dressing in the garden or the
flower bed. For established trees and shrubs work 1 to 2 inches into the soil
within the dripline. Add about one inch to your container plants twice a year.
- Compost, especially not quite finished compost, makes a great mulch.
- Compost can be added to seed starter medium, transplant medium, and
potting soil. However, don't use compost as backfill when transplanting a tree or
- Lastly, don't forget compost tea as a foliar spray and as a watering
Don Davis, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Gardening Tips For Northeast