About Composting

Composting is a controlled process of decomposition of organic material. Naturally occurring soil organisms recycle nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and other plant nutrients as they convert the material into humus. Composting is a convenient and cost-effective way to handle your organic waste and help the environment. View a flyer about composting (PDF).

How to Use Compost

When the composted material look like rich, brown soil, it is ready to use. Apply one-half to three inches of finished compost and mix it in with the top four inches of the soil. Compost can also be applied as a top dressing in the garden throughout the summer.

It is excellent for reseeding lawns, and can be spread one-quarter inch deep over the entire lawn to rejuvenate the turf. To make potting soil, mix equal parts compost, sand, and loam.