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Composting Benefits for Landscapers

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Benefits for Your Gardening Business

As a landscaper, there are a wide range of benefits to composting onsite at a given job. Firstly, there will be fewer trips (and less time and fuel spent) hauling waste to the dump. This will save you in both disposal costs and tipping fees. Secondly, you will not have to pay the purchase costs for compost or topsoil, as you will be generating your own compost!

The more compost you produce, the less fertilizer you will need to purchase. In fact, in general, you will have a healthier landscape with fewer pests and disease problems if you use compost on your landscaping projects. You will also reduce your overall irrigation needs, as compost helps the soil retain moisture and serves to replace some of the more intensive watering requirements you would need had you not utilized compost.

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Benefits for the Soil

The most important role that compost plays in any landscaping job is it's ability to improve soil structure. This is because compost is made up of aggregate materials, which help to improve soil porosity due to the variable sizing and increase moisture retention, due to all of the organic matter.

Compost helps break up clay soil so as to prevent soil erosion and compaction. It also add organic matter to sandy soils, improving the soils ability to retain moisture. This ultimately means that you will have a more drought tolerant soil base and will be able to plant a wider variety of plantings in your lawn or garden if you use compost.

Better soil (aka compost enhanced soil) will produce healthier growing conditions for you plantings. As an organically rich material, it will increase your overall earthworm and microbial population, which will serve as biological controls agains unwanted pests. In addition, compost provides a slow release of macronutrients, which means that your plantings will get a steady supply of nutrients as needed rather than a one shot injection of conventional chemical fertilizers.

Compost provides innumerable benefits for every type of landscaping project, providing an overall healther environment for plants and lawns.

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