Using Peat Free Compost
Peat Free Multi Purpose Compost - There are many peat free multi purpose and all prurpose composts available, which have been specially formulated for all uses in the garde, from seeding to potting and planting.
- Soil Improver - simply add the peat free compost to your gardens topsoil to increase fertility, moisture retention qualities and increase soil temperatures.
- Feeding Mulch - Spread a layer of peat free compost (4cm to 8cm) over your flower bed soil, this will stop the weeds growing through, reduce moisture loss and feed the soil and plants all in one operation.
- Shrub and Plant Compost - Dig the hole for the plant or shrub and line with peat free compost before planting. This will increase moisture retention around the roots, feed the plant and increase root establishment.
- Lawn Top Dressing - The finest screened peat free compost can be used as a top dressing to feed your lawn and at the same time it will keep your grass greener during drought and dry periods, reducing the need to water.
- Turf Laying - Trials have shown that peat free compost decreases the time it takes for newly laid turf roots to knit with the prepared topsoil, therefore speeding up lawn establishment and reducing the "watering in" period. Simply apply a layer of peat free compost approximately 20mm thick to the prepared topsoil and rake in prior to laying turf.
Benefits of Peat Free Compost
Organic matter in soil is essential for soil structure, water holding properties, microbial activity and soil health. Composts can be used to add organic matter to soils and increase the production of soils through many benefits:
- Reduces the need for inorganic fertilisers - Peat free compost is a valuable organic source of the nutrients commonly found in inorganic fertilisers. Nitrogen, phosphate, potash, magnesium and sulphur (as well as trace elements) all occur naturally in compost, in quantities that can be extremely valuable.
- Can increase yield - modern plants and crops need to establish rapidly in order to thrive. To do this, they depend on very high levels of organic matter in the soil. Tests prove that adding fertiliser is no substitute for this organic matter. Peat free compost not only provides fertilisation, it is high in organic matter.
- Improves soil structure - it's been proven that peat free compost improves the aggregate strength of soil. It also allows root systems to penetrate more easily, enabling them to find nutrients and water more effectively. Adding peat free compost improves workability too, and makes soil less likely to compact under heavy farm machinery - meaning it can be used more frequently.
- Raises water retention capacity - soil rich in compost absorbs and retains water better. This means it needs less irrigation, which reduces overall consumption.
- Reduces soil erosion - wind and rain can erode soil, particularly when it contains low levels of organic matter. Peat free compost can be applied generally to solve this problem, or deployed in areas of particular concern.
- Contains valuable micro-organisms - micro-organisms do three good things to soil. Feeding off the organic matter in peat free compost, and teaming up with the micro-organisms already present in the soil to which they've been added, they release polysaccarids and humic substances that help improve soil structure. They release nutrients in organic matter and make it available to plants and crop to use as food. They can suppress soil bourne plant pathogens.
- Reduces cost - peat free compost improves soil quality which leads to better plants and crops that need less irrigating, that are easier to cultivate and need less fertilising. It is difficult to put a finite cost on this benefit but growers and horticulturists definitely notice the difference.
Where Can I Buy Peat Free Compost?
Peat Free Compost can be bought through your local garden centre, but, they often don't stock it for much of the year. With this being the case, we have decided to hold a large of stock online, allowing our customers to purchase the compost all year round!