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Why do I need to use compost in the garden and can it replace fertilizers?


Compost is used as a soil additive when planting new trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers and lawns. Its rich, organic content improves soil structure and nutrient holding capacity, and gives the soil a rich, dark color and it supplies most of the micronutrients.

Compost cannot really replace fertilizer but it does enhance its effectiveness. Fertilizer contains nutrients, the three primary ones being nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) in varying ratios. Each nutrient plays an important part in overall plant growth and vigor. Nitrogen contributes to overall general health and foliage production and growth, Phosphorous promotes a strong root system and boosts flower production and Potassium enhances fruit production.

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