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COMPOST FAQ

The place where your gardening questions are answered.

COMPOST

WHAT IS COMPOST
The word ‘compost’ comes from ‘composite’, and it means a mixture of decomposed organic substances. The word is widely used to describe a whole range of suitable growing media for gardening purposes, including home-produced compost from kitchen waste, general purpose compost, potting compost and specialist composts such as mushroom compost or ericaceous compost.

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WHAT IS COMPOST USED FOR?
Compost can be used as a growing medium by itself, for example, in pots, plant containers or raised beds. You can buy compost for this purpose from garden centres or compost suppliers, and a wide range of suitable options are available, depending on what you want to use it for. For example, mushroom compost, or mushroom and manure compost are very good options for growing vegetables in raised beds.

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HOW TO IMPROVE SOIL STRUCTURE WITH COMPOST
You can use compost as a soil improver in gardens or on allotments. Adding organic matter to soil has long been recognised as a way to improve soil structure, whether the soil is silty, clay or sandy. Whatever the structure, the organic matter seems to make the soil closer to the ideal soil, loam, with its mid-range particle size, close-to-neutral pH and good but not excessive drainage.  You may consider it a bit extravagant to buy compost just to add it to your soil, and many gardeners choose to use farmyard manure for this purpose. However, if you’ve made your own compost from kitchen waste, it can feel very satisfying to use it to improve your garden beds, especially if it’s to grow vegetables!

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WHERE TO BUY COMPOST
Compost can be purchased from a multitude of suppliers, in store. However, if it's more convenient and easier to have the goods delivered straight to you, then browse our online inventory. All you need is an address in mind and preferred delivery date!

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What are the Benefits of Compost
There's a laundry list! That's why we have a dedicated page to it, here: What are the Benefits of using Compost
What are the Benefits of Mulching with Compost
Similar to using compost, itself, there is a whole dedicated to the benefits of mulching with compost. You can view it, here: What are the Benefits of using Compost

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TOPSOIL

WHY DO WE BLEND OUR TOPSOIL
We use a 70/30% mix of Topsoil and PAS100 Recycled Organic Compost.

The reason behind it, is actually very simple. As mentioned in our Compost category,there is a laundry list of benefits using compost. Therefore, combining both Topsoil and recycled organic compost together, you get the coverage with the soil, and received the benefits of the compost. We have 3 different types of topsoils available online, delivered straight to you:

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What Topsoil do I need
We sell 3 main varieties of topsoil, Vegetable Topsoil, Border Blend Topsoil and our Multi-purpose Topsoil.

Vegetable Topsoil is growing to be our most popular topsoil, close beind 'Multi Purpose Topsoil' as more and more people are starting gardening. The Vegetable Topsoil is the go-to choice if you want to give your flowers and vegetables the head start they deserve.

Multi Purpose Topsoil is our leading product, alongside our Turf. Covering most purposes you will need when starting a gardening project, you can't go wrong with Multi Purpose Topsoil.

Border Blend topsoil is our go-to topsoil for creating and topping up flower beds and borders.
Where to buy Topsoil
Topsoil can be bought from lots of different companies, in store. However, if it's more convenient and easier to have the goods delivered straight to you, then browse our online inventory. All you need is an address in mind and preferred delivery date!

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MUSHROOM COMPOST

WHERE DOES MUSHROOM COMPOST COME FROM
Spent mushroom compost is a by-product of mushroom farming and it is an excellent source of minerals, including phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen.

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WHAT IS MUSHROOM COMPOSTS PURPOSE
With mushroom compost containing a number of other components, chalk being one of them, it can be slightly alkaline, making it ideal if trying to neutralise your soil.

It has a dark colour and smells earthy and organic, and should be laid evenly at a depth of one to three inches for best results.

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POOR QUALITY VS GOOD QUALITY
Our mushroom compost is of the highest quality and every effort has been taken to ensure minimal contamination from weeds, which can be a common problem with poorly-sourced mushroom compost.

Mushroom Compost has a very fine texture, which eliminates sifting should you be applying it to your lawn (see this article using compost on lawns for more information). It is also beneficial to root crops, and there have also been a lot of positive reports regarding its effects on flowerbeds and rose bushes too. Because it is so affordable, it can be used when you need to inject a lot of organic matter into your soil.

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WHERE TO BUY MUSHROOM COMPOST
As previously mentioned, there are suppliers who are more than happy to take your money for poor product. Mushroom Compost isn't cheap and we don't want you to waste your money!

One option is to visit a garden centre. Or alternatively, if it's more convienent and easier for you to receive delivery, then you can shop our online inventory, with the link below:

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ERICACEOUS COMPOST

WHAT IS Ericaceous Compost
You will probably have heard of ericaceous compost in terms of what you can grow in it. It is an acidic compost, and suitable for growing rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, heathers, and other plants that dislike alkaline soil, also known as lime-hating plants. The name ‘ericaceous’ comes from the Latin name for heathers, Erica.

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WHY IS PH IMPORTANT
Our ericaceous compost has a pH balance which is perfect for growing acid loving plants including blueberries, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and heathers. The increasing popularity of blueberry bushes in our gardens and tomatoes in our greenhouses have made this one of the most widely-used and trusted specialist composts on the market.

Whether it’s juicy superfoods or the vibrant, striking colour of acer trees, the delicate beauty of camellias, or the hardy, year-round charm of checkerberry, Ericaceous soil improvers offer your garden a healthy dose of low-ph goodness to keep your favourite specimens thriving. Specially formulated to provide a balanced nutritional profile for acid-loving plants, our Ericaceous compost is a great way to compensate for alkaline soil conditions to benefit your plants, while also feeding and nurturing them, regulating moisture and providing effective top dressing.

Ericaceous compost is trusted by experienced gardeners across the country to boost soil’s ph profile, and keep acid-loving plants thriving!

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WHAT ARE YOUR ERICACEOUS COMPOST OPTIONS
The Royal Horticultural Society recommends loam-based ericaceous compost such as John Innes Compost, but says that peat-free ericaceous composts are improving all the time, and will be perfectly suitable.

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WHERE TO BUY ERICACEOUS COMPOST
Ericaceous compost is widely available from garden centres and compost suppliers. If it's easier and more convenient for you, to receive your goods delivered, browse our online inventory. All you need is an address in mind and preferred delivery date!

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TURF

Which Turf to Buy
We have 3 Turf variations online. Ranging from the cheapest, 'Family Lawn Turf', up to the most expensive, 'Supreme Turf'. Each of which have their own merits. However, what's the main difference?

We put it down to durability and longevitiy. Each Turf has been improved on, from the last. Our Family Lawn Turf has been our flagship product for a long time, now, and for good reason.

Family Lawn Turf is great for moderate foot traffic and a pet.

Lawn Master Turf is a fantastic choice if you wanted to increase that durability, whilst mainting lush green grass with moderate foot traffic

Supreme Turf is our newest grass in our inventory, that can handle a lot more foot traffic. As of right now, our main customers are sports clubs, who need the very best quality of turf, for their money.
How Do I Lay Turf?
The idea of laying turf can be quite daunting, especially considering the initial investment. However, it will pay off in dividends, if you have the time to read through our 'How to lay turf guide', on our sister site, 'Turf Growers'.
WHERE TO BUY TURF
Turf can be purchased in small amounts (less than 10, usually) from a local garden centre. The only problem you might find is that the grass may have sat on a shelf for several days before being purchased. As Turf is a living product, the quality can drop off, incredibly quickly by leaving it without moisture for several days.

If it's more convenient for you to receive turf delivered straight to you and in a larger quantity than 10 rolls, then, browse our catalogue, with the link below:


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HOW MUCH TURF DO I NEED
Our Turf rolls are cut in a way that takes the headache out of working out how many turf rolls you will need.

All you need is the length and width of the area you need to turf and then to multiply the numbers.

E.G. 10 meters x 3 meters = 30m2

We sell our Turf in meters, so you will need to conver your measurements into meters.

If you would prefer one of the customer service team to do it, it's just a call away: 0844 822 3959

BARK

WHICH BARK DO I NEED
Bark has so many uses, it can be difficult to know which to choose.

Our most popular products, decided by our customer, are the 'Contract Ornamental' and the 'Hardwood Play Chips'.

Our newest and quickly becoming our most sought after bark, is our 'Maritime Nuggets'. This bark simply isn't available from the high street. We import this bark, from sunny Portugal. The difference is noticeable in a second.
How much bark do I need?
With Bark, it can seem quite tricky to work out how much you will need for your project, but it's actually quite simple once you have a way to work it out. Continue to read on and we will show you!

We recommend a depth of 2 inches for bark, as a starter.

Working out how you much you would need from that point, is actually quite simple, here's how:

Take your length and width and conver them into meters. This can be done on Google.

Once you have both measurements in meters, you then convert your inches (or centimeters) depth, into meters.

You're almost done! Take all three measurements and times them by each other and you now have you m3, our cubic meters. This is how much you will need.

e.g. 10 meters * 4 meters * 0.0508(2 inches in meters) = 2m3 (or 2000 litres)


If you would prefer us to work this out for you, the answers a call away: 0844 822 3959
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OPENING TIMES AND CONTACT INFO

The Compost Shop
Monday - Friday | 9am - 5pm
0871 971 09889
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Next Day Delivery is available if the order is placed before 1pm Monday to Friday. Please view the product description to check availability. If you have any delivery concerns, please Contact Us.
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The Compost Shop
Monday - Friday | 9am - 5pm
01785 850 653
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