Lots of plant lovers use compost in their garden, but not all know that many brands also offer peat-free compost. Here are some reasons why you should make the switch to peat-free compost.
- It’s 100% natural - unlike peat, it contains only natural ingredients.
- It’s environmentally friendly - it doesn’t affect the groundwater as peat does.
- It’s good for your plants - because its ingredients are 100% natural, they provide a more nutrient-rich environment for plants than peat-based products would.
Here are some tips on how to add peat-free compost to your garden and start seeing results from today!
What is compost?
Compost is a natural fertilizer made from organic materials such as grass clippings, leaves, and vegetable scraps. It's a useful way of recycling these items and returning nutrients to the soil. Some of the benefits include increased soil fertility, less disease in plants, and a cleaner environment for all living beings. Here are a few reasons why you should use peat-free compost:
- Compost helps your lawn stay healthy by providing nutrients
- It can help prevent plant diseases like mildew
- It creates a cleaner environment for all living things
Why use compost
Plants need nitrogen and carbon to grow and thrive. Nitrogen is often added through fertilizers. Carbon is usually supplied by the air. Compost supplies both carbon and nitrogen to plants. Peat, a common ingredient in compost, has been linked to the destruction of peat bogs. Buying peat-free compost is an easy way to ensure that you are doing your part for the environment, while still providing your garden with necessary nutrients.
Why compost is important to gardeners
Good gardening starts with good compost. Compost is an essential ingredient for healthy soil. Using compost helps your plants grow strong and healthy. Compost contains organic matter that stimulates growth. Composts are indispensable if you want your plants to thrive. Some gardeners may be unaware that many of the most popular compost brands have adapted peat-free composts to their assortment. Here is a list of the most famous compost brands that now also offer peat-free composts:
Levington Peat Free Multi Purpose Compost with added John Innes
Westland New Horizon All Plant Compost, New Horizon All Vegetable Compost and New Horizon Tomato Planter
Miracle-Gro Peat Free Premium All Purpose Compost with Organic Plant Food
What are peat bogs?
Peat bogs are one of the most sensitive ecosystems in the world. They take centuries to form and only last a few decades when they’re cut down for the conversion to farmland or gardens. This leads to habitat loss and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It's important that we protect our delicate natural environments by using peat-free compost when we garden.
Why choose peat-free composts
There used to be concerned about using peat-free composts since they were really expensive and may have a lower impact on your garden plants. Luckily, nowadays peat-free composts have proved their ability to add nutrients to the soil and establish healthy plants and crops.
Buy peat-free composts at Rushfields Plant Centre
If you want to switch from peat-based to peat-free compost, we’d love to help you out. We strive for a better environment for all living things. Rushfields Plant Centre offers peat-free composts to add nutrients to your garden in an organic way. Please ask our staff workers to help you, if you need any advice. Please visit our garden centre in Poynings, Sussex to check our range of peat-free composts.