General application guidelines: Sandy Soil 1-2 inches; Loam Soil 1 inch; Heavy Clay Soil 3 inches.
COVERAGE PER CUBIC YARD
1” deep = 324 square feet
2” deep = 162 square feet
3” deep = 108 square feet
For new lawns incorporate the recommended amount of compost into the top 4-6 inches of soil before laying sod or seeding. For established lawns we recommend aerating then top dressing with ˝” of compost in the spring or fall. Water thoroughly.
ANNUAL FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES
Before planting add 1 inch of compost and work into the top 4-6 inches of soil and water thoroughly. For maximum benefit, we recommend amending the soil every year before planting.
TREES AND SHRUBS
When planting new trees dig a hole 2-3 times the size of the root ball. Make a mixture of 20-25% compost and 75-80% topsoil to backfill with. Fill the hole with water and work out any pockets of air when planting. For established trees apply a 3-4 inch layer of compost in a circular band around the tree starting a foot or so from the trunk and extending just beyond the drip line at the end of the branches. Cover the compost with a mulch of grass clippings or old hay. This should be beneficial to the tree for 3-4 years.
COMPOST CHARACTERISTICS ANALYSIS
Tested by independent labs. The following data is an average based on several composite samples.
Organic Matter: 37% Carbon/Nitrogen: 14/1 Moisture: 35%
Bulk Density: 1018 lb/yd3 Dry Density: 808 lb/yd3 Conductivity: 12.0 mmho/cm
Total N: .98% Total P: .40% Total K: 1.39% pH: 8.4
COMPOST CONTENTS: 15% dairy manure; 50% straw; 25% sawdust
Organic matter is approximately 37% on a dry-weight basis. Compost that is very high in organic matter also often has a much higher C:N ratio, resulting in considerably less available Nitrogen. A lower C:N ratio helps ensure that the turf will not suffer from nitrogen depletion. There is also a direct relationship between the EC value and Nutrient levels. A higher EC value indicates higher nutrient levels in the compost.