Compost and fertilizers are both substances used for making plants stronger, greener and healthier. Though both are used to improve the quality of your green space, they do not work the same way – here are some of the most important differences:
- The effects – while compost improves the quality of the soil, fertilizers strengthen the plants. Compost ads to the soil not only nutrients, but fibers and important microorganisms as well, thus improving the quality of the soil by making it richer and by improving its ability to retrain water as well. Fertilizers, on the other hand, strengthen the plant itself by giving it the nutrients they need, without affecting the quality of the soil;
- Organic or synthetic – while all compost soil is organic, with fertilizers, you can choose from organic and synthetic products. Compost is a material resulting from the decay of natural substances, such as organic household waste (that is why it is so easy to make your own, super-efficient compost at home, simply gathering the vegetable and fruit rinds and other similar matter into a bin and waiting for it to turn to compost). Fertilizers are available in organic variants – they are usually products derived from plant and animal sources – as well as in synthetic versions, the latter type being faster-acting, but harsher on the plants as well as on the natural environment.