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Composts & Soil Improvers
Compost is the term given to organic matter that has been broken down and used to improve the nutrient content of the soil. Over time it will provide food for your plants, enrich the soil and restore the minerals and organic content that are lost when you grow in the same place over and over. As well as compost, this type of organic matter can be known as soil improver or soil conditioner.
Composts, improvers or conditioners are used when the natural organic matter of the earth has been depleted.
In natural areas that have not been farmed, organic matter is created when leaves fall to the ground and rot. Other plants that grow and die can also add nutrients. This rotting matter is called humus and over time it compacts to become soil. This in turn releases carbon dioxide which is used by plants during photosynthesis.
Animals that feed on these plants also add organic matter and enhance the nutrient level of the soil. This is all part of the natural carbon cycle and it’s possible to set up a garden system that encourages this process. However, in some cases, growing plants in the soil in your garden and then harvesting the fruits and vegetables to eat means you will be removing the nutrients. This will result in lower yields in subsequent years, so it’s important to give as much organic matter back to the soil as possible.
The best way to do this is through compost. You can create your own compost by using a pile or bin and letting food and plant waste break down over time. It’s always a good idea to have pile or two on the go in the garden. However, it can take many months or years to fully break down and may not be ready when you need it. That might be why you’re looking for a helping hand and luckily you’ll find compost and soil improvers right here.
At Springbridge we stock a range of composts and soil improvers for all types of soils. Once you’ve identified what your soil is lacking, you can choose a compost or improver that replaces certain types of minerals and nutrients to replenish your soil. This will keep the earth in great condition for further growing seasons. Our composts and soil improvers are sold in a variety of sizes, from small compost bags to large bags and loose load deliveries. We stock numerous varieties of compost, including spent mushroom compost, tree and shrub compost and rotted horse manure, for all your garden needs.
Large bag prices start at £76.99. To find out more about loose load deliveries and prices, get in touch with a member of our team.
If you’ve noticed diminished returns on your yields over the last few years, it may be time to give something back to the soil. Or, if you can’t wait for your compost to break down naturally, it’s a good idea to try and give your soil a boost in the meantime.