How do I apply compost to my garden?

New garden beds take a 3-4 inch layer of compost on the soil’s surface. You may also add other amendments at this time if needed, but this step is not always necessary. Next, using a shovel,

spade, digging fork, rototiller or garden tool of your choice, mix and incorporate the top 8-12 inches of soil with the applied compost.

Established garden beds only need a quarter-inch to 1-inch deep layer of compost on the soil’s surface. Add other amendments if necessary. Mix and incorporate the material into the top 8-12 inches of the soil.

It’s ideal to wait 1 to 2 weeks before planting or seeding into your newly prepared garden space.

Consider using our General Soil blend for your general gardening needs. Our General Soil is a combination of native soil, compost, and sand. This blend is perfect for all types of gardening and it puts nutrients directly into the soil without any additional work.

How much compost do I need?

Use our Yard Calculator! Look to the right of your screen near the scroll bar. There is a small blue icon labeled “Yard Calculator”. Enter your dimensions into that calculator to get an estimate of how much product you need. Length (feet) x Width (feet) x Depth (inches)

Can I put compost on my lawn?

Yes! Work in a ¼ inch layer of compost over an existing lawn. You can use an aeration device to incorporate the compost into the soil after application.

If you are planning to seed your lawn soon, add 1-2 inches of compost to the top soil prior to

seeding. Rake the compost into the soil. Once your lawn is sown, you can add a ¼ inch to 1 inch of compost over the top as a final step. Use the same method for laying sod.


Soil is a planting medium. Compost is a soil amendment. Do not place plants directly into 100% compost.