EKO Compost

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Suggested Uses For EKO CompostFlowers, Vegetables and Perennials

Lawns

Seeding
For seeding a new area roto-till EKO Compost into the top 4″ of your soil. Spread grass seed according to instructions on packaging. Cover the grass seed with approximately 1/4″ of EKO Compost. Keep seed damp until germination occurs, which should be approximately 7-10 days depending on seed variety.

Established Lawns
Spread EKO Compost for use as a Top Dressing approximately 1/2″ thick across your lawn. Water. See EKO Top Dressing for a product that has all of the same benefits, and is screened to a smaller size for easier top dressing applications

Mix EKO Compost thoroughly into your existing soil at a ratio of 1 part EKO Compost to 2 parts native soil.

Trees and Shrubs

When planting or transplanting trees and shrubs after the dirt has been removed from the desired planting location, place EKO Compost in the bottom of the hole to a 2″ depth. Place your tree or shrub in the prepared area. Mix 1 part EKO Compost with 2 parts native soil and fill in around the root ball of the plant.

Apply water to the area around the original root ball. Add more soil mix to fill in any low areas.

Recommended Application Amounts:

Bags of EKO Compost           Area     Depth to Apply
2 10′x10′ ¼”
4 10′x10′ ½”
8 10′x10′ 1″

Benefits of Using EKO Compost:

Due to its unique ingredients and composting method, using EKO Compost you can expect the following results:

Lawns

  • Increased root growth and top growth of grass blades
  • Appearance of new growth, as grass blades rhizome out and create new grass blades, thickening your turf
  • Improved soil structure
    • EKO Compost provides the soil with organic matter which will:
      • Increase the fertility of the soil
      • Make nutrients more available to plants
      • Improve drainage of heavy clay soils
      • Increase the moisture retention of the soil
  • Slowly release nutrients to your plants

Flowers, Vegetables and Perennials

  • Increased root growth and foliage growth of plants
  • Darker green foliage
  • More vibrant colors in flowers
  • Better tasting, larger vegetables
  • More flowers. More fruit. More vegetables
  • Improved moisture retention
  • Increased availability of nutrients to your plants
  • Decreased chlorosis (yellowing of leaves due to lack of available iron)

Trees and Shrubs

  • Darker, more lush foliage
  • Increased root growth and top growth
    • Better transition for planting and transplanting trees and shrubs
    • Less shock
    • Quicker adaptation
  • Established root growth sooner
  • Helps decrease chlorosis (yellowing of leaves due to lack of available iron)
  • Fruit trees will bare more fruit, bigger fruit, and better tasting fruit
  • Flowering trees will produce bigger, more colorful flowers

EKO Compost vs. Other Composts:
EKO Compost is 100% Organic. It is thoroughly cured compost. Products that are only partially decomposed can actually reduce the amount of nitrogen available to your plants, because the micro-organisms will use the nitrogen to finish decomposing the material.

EKO Compost uses only untreated wood products for a consistent mix due to its controlled quality ingredients.

Micro-Organisms
Micro-organisms are an important part of the composting process. Micro-organisms convert carbon into energy for their own growth. They recycle the nutrients from decaying material into their own bodies and eventually back into the soil. Your plants use the nutrients stored in the micro-organisms for food, and the process begins again.

EKO Compost as Mulch:

EKO Compost may be used as a mulch on the surface of the soil around your plants.

The benefits of mulching with EKO Compost are:

  • Helps control weed growth
  • Aids in conserving water
  • Protects the soil from erosion
  • Helps increase root zone temperatures resulting in improved root growth
  • Resists compaction
  • Adds organic matter to the soil

More About EKO Compost:

EKO Compost has a high carbon:nitrogen ratio. (approximately 19:1)

The carbon to nitrogen ratio is important in determining how easily bacteria can decompose organic matter.

The micro-organisms in compost use carbon for energy and a nitrogen source for protein synthesis.

Salt Content
The salt content as measured by independent labs is 2.7. This is considered a low salt content according to university standards.

High salt content soils can wither plants, resulting in decreased plant growth.

pH
The pH of EKO Compost as measured by independent lab analysis is 7.2. This is considered to be a neutral pH level. High pH is considered to be alkaline, and low pH is considered to be acidic.

If the pH of your soil is out of balance, it can decrease the growth of your plant, and can negatively affect the absorption of nutrients by plants.

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