Learn the benefits of compost

Benefits of Using Compost

  • Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment
  • Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff
  • Improves water retention, reducing water loss and watering needs
  • Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients
  • May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens
  • Supplies significant quantities of organic matter
  • Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use
  • Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media
  • Improves and stabilizes soil pH
  • Can bind and degrade specific pollutants

Facts provided by:  US Composting Council Factsheet: Compost and Its Benefits

Resources for further reading:

EPA Benefits of Composting

Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People

Benefits and Uses of Compost