About Composting

About Composting

Why compost? Simply put, compost is essential to sustaining healthy, living, and productive soil. Compost is what your soil needs!

Adding compost is the easiest, most cost-effective, and best green practice that you can perform to improve your soil. The production of compost is a natural process. It’s the successful outcome of the decomposition of plant and animal materials by microbes — billions upon billions of hungry microbes!

Producing high quality compost isn’t rocket science, but it does take a modicum of patience and attention to details like temperature and moisture among other things. While you can successfully produce compost at home in your backyard, most people find that home production doesn’t supply the total amount of compost needed in most gardens, and takes time away from more pleasurable activities like planting and harvesting.

To get the benefits of compost without the expending the effort, there’s WM EarthCare™ Homegrown Compost. We use our science-based knowledge of the composting process to produce a high quality stable and mature compost product free of pathogens, parasites and weeds that will rejuvenate and build your soil.

To have a healthy landscape, you need to start with healthy living soil nourished by compost.

WM EarthCare™ compost is an outstanding source of complete plant nutrients that are released slowly into the soil for plant uptake. WM EarthCare™ compost also moderates soil surface temperature and improves moisture retention by 20% or more, providing a significant cost savings to you.

Most importantly, WM EarthCare™ compost enriches your soil with a diverse source of life-sustaining beneficial microorganisms not found in typical home center variety chemical products.

 

Benefits of Compost

The benefits of adding compost to your soil include:

  • Providing a supply of plant available, slow-release nutrients;
  • Promoting development of soil structure;
  • Increases water-holding capacity;
  • Improving tilth (workability of the soil);
  • Supporting a diverse microbial community;
  • Stimulating healthy root development;
  • Reducing reliance on petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides;
  • Reducing the need for irrigation;
  • Retaining and filtering stormwater;
  • Controling erosion and stormwater sediment.

 

Magical Microbes

Microbes (bacteria and fungi) are the “engine” of the composting process. The “fuel” that feeds the microbial engine includes green waste (yard trimmings) and food scraps from homes and restaurants. This mixture of waste materials is rich in carbon (C) and nitrogen (N). Grinding and shredding of the waste materials creates bite-sized pieces that are easy for the microbes to consume.

Like most living things, our compost creating microbes require air and water. To optimize the activity of our composting friends, we carefully monitor air, water, and temperature throughout the process.

The product produced by the mighty work of the microbes is a humus-rich, fine textured, dark, sweet smelling soil amendment we call compost. It’s recycling done naturally!

Download a PDF of the Homegrown Compost or Chico Compost USCC-STA Analytics Data Sheet:

DATA SHEET PDFs