How to Use Compost Around your Home and Garden Plants

Top Dressing House Plants with CompostAdding compost to your house plants, garden, or lawn will make any plant healthier. Top dressing your plants with compost is one of the easiest ways to use the nutrient-rich black gold soil amendment. You can make your own compost or purchase some from a hardware store. This article will teach you how to top dress the plants in your garden, home, and your lawn.

Top Dressing Garden Plants with Compost
Many people are choosing to grow a portion of their own food in a backyard garden. Adding nutrient-rich compost is a great, organic way to help your garden vegetables grow. To top dress garden plants with compost simply spread a thin layer (1/2 inch to 1 inch)  around the stem of each plant. As little as a 1 inch width band will be beneficial but a band of 2 or 3 inches is better. Then, water each plant taking care to soak the compost that you just spread helping the nutrients soak down into the soil.

Top Dressing House Plants with Compost
The same top dressing technique can be used to benefit any house plant. Simply spread a thin layer compost around the stem of each plant. On smaller potted plants, cover the entire surface of the potting soil with ½ to 1 inch of compost.

Top Dressing Plants with CompostTop Dressing Your Lawn with Compost
Your lawn is a plant just like your garden and houseplants and therefore your lawn will also benefit from the addition of nutrient-rich compost. The easiest way to add compost to your lawn is to spread it over the grass and then water it in. For this to work best you need to make sure your compost is dry and has a small particle size so that each little particle will fall between blades of grass. Compost can be spread over a lawn by throwing it by hand or by using a spreader. Some seed spreaders will also work on the largest setting provided the compost is dry enough and fine enough.
Worm Castings (Poop)
Using your store-bought or homemade compost to benefit the plants in and around your home is simple. Top dressing with compost is as simple as putting the compost around the stem of the plant. Once you have mastered top dressing with compost, try adding compost to the soil before planting, adding it to a potting mix, or even making compost tea. For even healthier plants, try using worm compost (vermicompost) instead of regular pile compost.
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