Yorganics is made by Yorwaste and SJB Recycling. If you have bought our Yorganics garden compost you will want to know how to use it. Here’s our handy guide:

Gardening and Horticulture

Yorganics has many uses around the garden. It will help to improve the soil structure, provide nutrients, supress weeds, aid drainage, as well as conserve moisture.

Use it in the vegetable garden, flower borders, greenhouse and polytunnel borders, fruit garden, raised beds and lawns to keep your soil in good condition and your ornamental and vegetable plants healthy and productive:

Soil improvement

On heavy, clay soils garden compost will open up the soil structure to allow in more air and improve drainage. On sandy soils that drain quickly the compost will help to bind the soil and improve its water holding capacity. Furthermore, the addition of garden compost also increases beneficial worm activity.

Simply spread 2-3 inches of the compost on the surface and dig or fork it in. For maximum effect, dig clay soils over in early winter and sandy soils in late winter or early spring. Ideally repeat annually to keep your soil in good condition.

Mulch

Spreading a layer of garden compost approx. 2-3 inches thick around the base plants and trees helps to improve the soil conditions, supplies nutrients, retains moisture and supresses weed growth. Apply the mulch anytime from spring to autumn when the soil is moist and top up as needed. Mulching the entire border is also very effective, has great benefits to the soil and looks good.

Planting

Before planting vegetables, bedding plants, perennials, shrubs or trees, spread the compost a couple of inches deep over the planting area and fork it over to mix the compost in with the soil. This will improve the soil and give the plants a good start.

Frost protection

Protect borderline hardy plants growing in the garden such as agapanthus and herbaceous salvias by spreading a layer several inches thick over the dormant plant in late autumn. This acts as insulation and helps to protect the roots and buds from severe frost.

Raised beds

Mix garden compost half and half with good garden soil to fill raised beds for growing herbs, vegetables and fruit.

No-dig beds

Use garden compost on no-dig veg and salad beds to top up the levels each year. Just spread a few inches of compost over the area in late autumn and allow the worms to do their job of pulling the compost down into the soil. In spring you can sow or plant into the friable surface, without also having to dig.

Lawns

Use the compost as a top-dressing to improve the soil and feed the grass. Spread a very thin layer over the lawn and use the back of a rake or stiff brush to spread it around and work it into the base of the grass. When finished, the compost should have almost disappeared and the grass visible. Do not smother the grass with a thick layer. Carry out this top-dressing at the beginning of the season or in autumn.

Compost tea

This is the dark nutritional liquid that seeps out of wet compost. To make your own, add a shovel of compost to a fine net bag or pair of old tights and submerge in 5 gallons of water for several days. The brown liquid can be used to water plants and the wet compost in the net added to the garden

If you would like to buy Yorganics compost, or would like more information, please call us on 0845 300 8889 or email our Customer Services Team. In addition, you can enter your postcode below to find your nearest stockist.

 

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