Alive with micro-organisms and highly nutritious.
Living Earth is produced from the controlled biological composting of biodegradable organic materials. The organic matter and nitrogen in Living Earth are in a stable form and safe to use in the environment with many beneficial properties to the garden.
Living Earth Compost
We are constantly performing quality checks on Living Earth Compost and in test after test it has proven itself to be superior to our competitors products.
Benefits: Living Earth not only provides valuable organic matter but also acts as a slow release supply of nitrogen, phosphate, calcium, magnesium and sulphur and provides a readily available source of potassium.
Key additional benefits:
- Increased soil organic matter
- Increased water holding capacity
- Increased soil available potassium and other nutrients
- Stabilised soil pH
- Improved soil biology with increased microbial activity
- Compost works beneficially with fertilizer to improve nutrient use and supply to the plant
- High Quality : High temperatures and moist conditions sustained during the managed composting processes ensure that weed seeds and any plant or animal pathogens are destroyed. The organic matter in Living Earth is stable such that plant pathogens cannot become re-established after mixing it with the soil. Because Living Earth is in a stable state when used, there is no pollution hazard from leaching of nutrients.
Directions for use
This product is ideal for surface application or in planting holes
As a soil conditioner spread the compost at 2 to 5 cm thick (2 – 4 litres per square meter) without smothering any vegetation, irrigate lightly for the first three days. Where no irrigation is available, till into the soil and water by hand.
For new plantings, add 4 – 6 litres of LIVING EARTH per m2 and work into the soil before planting.
In planting holes, mix 10 – 20% LIVING EARTH with soil from planting hole.
Compost and how it works.
When a new house is built, the builder frequently levels the site by pushing away the topsoil and improperly storing it, rendering it unavailable. The Landscaper or homeowner then establishes the garden – normally investing large amounts of money on plants and lawn without recognising the state of the soil which is the foundation for the garden. The result is that the plants and lawns always battle for survival needing large amounts of water and fertilisers just to survive.
Now there is a tool for landscapers and homeowners that can assist them in establishing, rejuvenating and maintaining gardens. At the same time, this tool is economical, practical to use and extremely functional. The product is called Compost.
The soils in the KZN coastal region are predominantly weak recent sands meaning they have little to no nutritional value. Furthermore the typical construction site starts with an area of land that has been stripped of exactly what it needs to support plant growth – the topsoil.
As we all know, poor soil conditions make it more difficult and costly to manage the landscape and a real struggle to create a beautiful garden. However, we also now know that by improving “soil health” – by enriching it with stabilized organic matter (primarily available in the form of compost) – we can not only improve plant growth, but also improve the sustainability of landscapes. This is because the organic matter in a good compost feeds the microorganisms that keep the soil in a healthy condition, suppressing diseases and pest, naturally producing bio-available nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous, and reducing the need for chemical fertilisers.
Compost improves soil structure and porosity creating a plant environment which encourages vigorous root growth.
What is good compost?
Compost is the aerobically decomposed remnants of organic materials. A good compost is a stable material comprising of humus and humic substances, having dark brown or black colour and a soil-like, earthy smell. Compost is primarily used for its soil conditioning properties, but it can also provide significant amounts of plant nutrients.
A rule of thumb to use when applying compost is to apply a 5 cm layer of compost, then incorporate it into 15 to 20 cm of site soil (a 20 to 30-percent inclusion rate to improve the physical characteristics of the soil). This application rate has proven to be effective in almost any type of soil, from the densest clays to beach sand.
How is good compost produced?
The composting process is driven by a complex feeding pattern that involves hundreds of different organisms and microbes that feed on the organic residues. The microbes formed during decomposition require oxygen, moisture and food in order to grow and multiply. When these resources are maintained at optimal levels, the natural decomposition process is greatly accelerated. Their activity generates significant heat, as they transform the organic feedstock into a stable soil conditioner. The composting process includes a high temperature phase that sanitizes the product and a lower temperature phase that allows the compost to stabilize and become agronomically viable.
As previously mentioned, the use of compost can provide many benefits. It can improve the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the soil in which it is blended. To illustrate the various benefits of compost, the most commonly identified ones are outlined below. (It should be noted that all of these benefits are well documented through university research.)
- Improves soil structure and porosity – creating a better plant root environment.
- Increases moisture infiltration and permeability, and reduces bulk density of heavy soils—improving moisture infiltration rates and reducing erosion and runoff.
- Improves the moisture holding capacity of light soils – reducing water loss and nutrient leaching, and improving moisture retention.
- Provides plant nutrients
- Improves the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils—improving their ability to retain nutrients for plant use.
- Supplies organic matter.
- Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and assists in their proliferation.
- May encourage biological disease suppression.
- Encourages vigorous root growth.
- Allows plants to more effectively utilize nutrients, while reducing nutrient loss by leaching.
- Enables soils to retain nutrients longer.
- Contains humus – assisting in soil aggregation and making nutrients more available for plant uptake.
- Buffers soil pH.
- Binds and degrades specific pollutant