Composting is becoming a very popular trend in the United States. This is due, in part, to an increasing awareness of the impact that green waste and food waste has on landfills and the environment. Sitting untreated in the landfill, organic material breaks down and releases potent greenhouse gasses into the environment. Furthermore, this otherwise compostable material is taking up space in landfills that could be used for non-recyclable and non-compostable material. Some estimates suggest that, as a result of composting, up to 50% more space could be made available for materials that cannot be recycled or reused.
While composting is recently becoming more of a trend, the use of compost in gardening is not new. It has long been a staple in successful gardening and landscaping efforts. It is important to point out that compost is not soil; it is not an ideal pure growing environment. As a soil amendment, however, compost has many benefits.
Compost improves the structure of sandy soils and clay soils. The organic matter helps to break up the heavier materials, which makes the soil lighter and assists in drainage. The improved structure of compost-enriched soils provides excellent growing conditions and helps to quickly establish new shrubs, plants, and turf. The use of compost also helps to prevent valuable top soil from being eroded away by the elements. Not only does this save the consumer time and money, but it helps to preserve natural topsoil from being taken from wildlife habitats.
The secret to an effective compost is its microorganisms. A compost that is rich in microorganisms will encourage nature to work for you. Soils that have been enriched with compost will allow earthworms and other beneficial creatures to flourish. The activity of these creatures helps release essential nutrients into the soil, which strengthens plants and increases their resistance to disease.
1 Stop’s Signature Compost is eco-friendly, sustainable, and rich in beneficial microorganisms. Our source material is 100% local. Green waste (or yard waste) is brought to our facility where, through our proprietary method, we turn it into compost. When composting, we monitor the temperature of the compost pile and systematically turn it. Turning adds air and water to the material as it breaks down. This also feeds the microorganisms. Allowing the compost pile to reach a certain temperature also kills weed seeds and breaks down the cellulose.