How To Use Compost

Soil Amending

Mix a 4-6 inch layer of finished compost into newly reclaimed or poor soils. Dig 1-3 inches of compost into garden beds at least once a year.


Mulching is a great way to use compost year-round. In dense plantings, spread compost 1-3 inches thick over soil between plants. For weed management in open plantings, spread compost 4-6 inches thick over soil around plants. Do not pile compost against plant stems or tree trunks..

On House Plants 

Sprinkle a thin layer of compost on the top of house plant soil to provide nutrients. You can also make a great potting soil by mixing compost with soil, sand and other ingredients.





Home | Contact | Home Composting | School Composting | Business Composting | Compost and Mulch | Workshops & Classes
© 2014 County of Santa Cruz, Department of Public Works, Recycling and Solid Waste Services