Benefits of Compost

Promotes Soil Health

Compost supplies organic matter to soil, which attracts earthworms and stimulates beneficial soil microorganisms. Compost also performs the following:

  • Increases soil water holding capacity
  • Increases soil nutrient retention
  • Improves soil tilth and friability
  • Improves soil drainage
  • Loosens heavy clay soils
  • Suppresses soil-borne plant pathogens (diseases)
Earth Worms in Dirt

Plant Nutrients

Although compost is not a fertilizer, it does contain many trace nutrients that are essential for plant growth. Nitrogen and phosphorus, mostly in organic forms, are released slowly to plants and not readily leached from the topsoil.