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Compost use in the time of drought and downpours


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Compost use can't prevent weather extremes, but it can help buffer weather impacts and speed soil recovery.

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Compost use in the time of drought and downpours

  1. 1. Compost use in the time of drought (and downpours)
  2. 2. Weather is unpredictable.
  3. 3. It changes ... sometimes, very rapidly.
  4. 4. One month is too wet.
  5. 5. The next is too dry.
  6. 6. But compost helps buffer the impacts of unpredictable weather.
  7. 7. Compost-amended soil requires less water …
  8. 8. and drains better while reducing runoff.
  9. 9. How can compost hold water and improve drainage?
  10. 10. Compost’s organic matter acts like a sponge,
  11. 11. while its texture helps to move water laterally through soil.
  12. 12. The combination of higher water retention and improved distribution …
  13. 13. provides balance during weather fluctuations.
  14. 14. Compost is about 50% organic matter.
  15. 15. Even 1/8 inch of compost raked into the soil surface can make a difference.
  16. 16. The goal is to build and maintain soil organic matter content at 5%.
  17. 17. Soil tests will help determine existing soil organic matter content.
  18. 18. While nothing can stop weather extremes, when soil is washed away or turned to dust …
  19. 19. compost can also be used to rebuild the topsoil layer, speeding recovery.
  20. 20. One product | Many benefits | Superior results COMPOST WORKS
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