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Why Compost Top Dressing Makes Sense for Austin

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Austin has it all— except ideal soil for lawns.

The solution? Top dressing turf with compost. Whether done for new or established lawns, this method can help grass thrive in six key ways during the mild days of spring.

 

Adds soil nutrients

 

Compost– such as our Triple Power Compost – is rich in macro- and micronutrients that get released slowly as the organic matter present in the soil mix decays. Because compost nutrients are not highly soluble, they stay in the soil during rainstorms.

 

Improves organic matter levels

 

Top dressing with compost helps soil by adding life-giving organic matter, regardless of whether it’s applied before or after grass planting. This is important in areas where removing turf could lead to erosion.

 

Enhances soil structure

 

Adding compost topdressing to soil with significant clay content reduces surface crusting as well as compaction issues, which leads to better drainage.

Retains water

 

Compost top dressing increases the ability of soil to hold water and reduces your water will. It helps fill the aquifer by allowing for greater infiltration of water into soil, even if it has not been aerated. This results in fewer problems with runoff, as might occur after a spring rain event.

 

Increases microbial activity

 

Because they play a crucial role in inhibiting plant pathogens and suppressing turf diseases, the microorganisms in compost help lawns thrive. Over time, repeated compost topdressing applications can reduce — or even eliminate — the need for chemical pesticides.

 

Reduces weed growth

Compost top dressing benefits grass health. And healthier, denser grass has a far better ability to win out over weed invasions, which means less maintenance work for you

 

Austin is a special place with unique environmental needs. At Organics “By Gosh”, we believe in natural, all-local zero-waste solutions – like compost top dressing – to enhance the Central Texas landscape. And that’s an earth-friendly investment worth the effort, “by gosh!”

 

 

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Contamination Explanation

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Let’s talk trash.  No, not smack talk.  Literal trash.

 

A common obstacle we face every day is the contamination unloaded at our yard alongside valuable wasted food resources.  This is not only a nuisance and a hindrance to the composting process; it can also be a costly problem.
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How to: Create a Climate-Conscious Backyard

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With the United States choosing to withdraw from The Paris Agreement, we keep hearing the same question: “well, what can I do now?”  We love this proactive spirit so we want to help with ideas!

 

We can all make small changes that can contribute to lasting environmental progress, starting in our own backyards.  Conscious gardening and lawn care choices positively impact the local environment.  And if everyone commits to making helpful changes, these projects can compound into real global improvements and restore Earth’s health.

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Product Spotlight: Flower and Garden Plus

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Now let’s take a look at everyone’s favorite garden soil: Flower and Garden Plus.

 

 

 

What is Flower and Garden Plus?

Flower and Garden Plus is one of our soil blends made and sold right here at the yard.  It’s a composted soil, which means humus and native soil are combined and composted for 12 months.  After it’s composted, we mix in our Triple Power Compost, gypsum, mineral sands, and coconut coir for added benefit!
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2017 Zero Waste Resolution Challenge

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Happy New Year! You know what that means…resolution time! Hopefully we’re all thinking of making achievable, positive changes to our lives that won’t be immediately abandoned or forgotten.  The resolution theme this year seems to be “clean living.” Eating whole foods, exercising, and being eco-conscious are the “it” resolutions for 2017 according to targeted ads and friends’ social media posts. We have a slightly different (but still related!) proposition.
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