Adding Sea Compost to Your Organic Soil Adding Sea Compost to Your Organic Soil
Living an organic lifestyle requires that you learn about natural ways to enhance the fertility of your organic soil. One option that you have is to add sea compost to your organic soil. This natural fertilizer not only enhances the fertility of your organic soil by adding specific nutrients like calcium and nitrates, but it also balances its drainage and water retention properties.
What Is Sea Compost?
Sea compost is a composted product that is made from sea shells and other organic sea materials. Sea compost is high in calcium, potassium and other nutrients and it is very effective at creating a balanced soil medium. There are several advantages offered by sea compost including that it is odorless, it is naturally weed free and it encourages healthy plant growth.
Sea Compost and Lawns
If you are trying to organically enhance the health of your lawn then you can do this by adding sea compost to your lawn’s growing medium. If you have not yet planted your lawn then you will want to spread your organic soil in your yard and then add a layer of sea compost that is about .5 inches to one inch in depth. You will then rake the compost into the soil to create a nice mixture of soil and compost.
If your lawn is already established then you will want to wait until the spring or fall. When spring or fall comes you will oxygenate your lawn by breaking up the root system with spikes. Once the lawn has been oxygenated you will want to spread a quarter inch layer of sea compost over your lawn. Again you will rake the compost to mix it with the existing soil. If you have bare spots in your yard then you will want to throw out some grass seed before you rake the compost into the soil. This will help to replenish your lawn.
Sea Compost and Evergreen Plants
Evergreens respond very well to sea compost. If you are planting evergreens then you will want to mix one part sea compost with one part organic soil and one part peat moss. This 1:1:1 mixture provides evergreens with the nutrients, drainage and coverage needed to grow healthy. On the other hand, if you are enhancing the soil around an established growth of evergreens then you will just mix in an inch of sea compost to the existing organic soil.
Sea Compost and Flower and Vegetable Gardens
Gardens are great places to add sea compost. Sea compost provides flowers, fruits and vegetables with the nutrients and drainage that they need to produce healthy flowers and produce. If you are just starting your bed garden or container garden then you will want to mix one part sea compost with two parts of organic soil, however, if you are trying to enhance an established garden’s fertility then you will want to spread a layer of sea compost that is about an inch deep over your garden or flower bed. Then rake the compost and soil together.