Compo-Stuff and its Benefits
“Perhaps the neatest thing about compost is its many uses in sustainability and protecting our environment.” William C. Stewart, PhD – 1996
- Landscape areas as a top dressing. [Note: As Compo-Stuff is a growth medium, it will encourage plant growth including grasses and weeds. We suggest establishing a good “weed control program”, such as timely “manual removal” or mild herbicides.]
- Soil amendment to fruit, vegetable, and flower garden soils. Adds organic bulk, humus and cation (positively charged ions) exchange to regenerate poor soils. Suppresses certain plant diseases and parasites.
- Reduces fertilizer requirements by at least 50%.
- Planting grass seed. Spread at 3” to 4” deep. Roll out flat. Sprinkle on seed. Add additional sprinkling layer of Compo-Stuff at ½” deep.
- Increases water retention capability in soils. Can significantly decrease irrigation requirements. [Note: When seeding or placing sod, using Compo-Stuff decreases the need for watering. The Compo-Stuff retains more moisture than ordinary soils.]
- Potting mix medium. Excellent as one of the ingredients for potting mixes. Suggested mix: Fine Compo-Stuff, Fine Barkdust and Sand.
Environmental Benefits – “Did You Know?”
- Bioremediation of Organic Pollutants – Restores soils structure after natural soil microorganisms have been reduced by the use of chemical fertilizers.
- Facilitates reforestation, wetlands restoration and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted and marginal soils.
- Cost effectively remediates contaminated soils similar to those found at brown fields and Super Fund sites (chemical contamination, sites funded by Federal government dollars for cleanup).
- Degrades or completely eliminates wood preservatives, petroleum products, pesticides and certain chlorinated and nonchlorinated hydrocarbons in contaminated soils.
- Reestablishment of top soil. Add 3” to 4” layer to soil. Till with motorized tiller one time. Roll out smooth if planting grass seed or sod.
- Erosion and runoff control. Spread on affected areas. Molecules keep soil bases in tact. Prevents erosion, turf loss and silting on embankments adjacent to creeks, lakes and rivers. Prevents erosion and turf loss on roadsides, hillsides, playing fields and golf courses.
- Bind heavy metals and prevents them from migrating to water resources, being absorbed by plants or being bioavailable to humans.
- Prevents pollutants in storm water runoff from reaching water resources. Removes solids, oil, grease and heavy metals from storm water runoff.
- Compost captures and destroys 99.6% of industrial volatile organic chemicals in contaminated air.