Application of Green Bin Compost
Existing Flower Beds – Add about 1.25 cm (1/2”) of compost and work thoroughly and uniformly into the soil 15 cm (6”) deep. Water until the entire root zone is saturated.
New Beds – Add 5 cm (1”) of compost and mix to at least a 30 cm (1ft) depth, then plant and water the flowers. For best results wait 4 weeks before planting.
Vegetable Gardens – Apply about 2 cm (¾”) of compost and mix to a depth of 20 cm (8”). Be careful not to apply too much compost at plant time as many vegetables won’t germinate in abundance of nitrogen in the soil. For best results apply at least 4 weeks before planting.
New Lawns – Apply 5 cm (2″) of compost and mix thoroughly and uniformly to a depth of 30 cm (1ft) before you sod or seed your lawn. Water thoroughly. For best results apply at least 4 weeks before seeding.
Established Lawns – Aerate the entire area before topdressing. Rake 1.25 cm (1/2”) of compost evenly over the area. Water thoroughly. For best results apply in early spring or fall.
Mulching Around Trees – Arrange the mulch so that water flows away from the tree trunk. When mulching, choose a coarse-textured compost to reduce weeds and provide a thick cover to the area. Blend 1 part compost to 4 parts wood chip mulch. For best results apply in early spring or fall.
Tree Planting – Dig a hole about 5 times the diameter of the root ball of the tree. Before planting, mix 1 part compost and 6 part original soil and mix thoroughly outside of the hole. Place the tree in the hole and use the compost-soil mixture as backfill around the root ball. Water thoroughly. For best results, add mulch around the tree.