The Right Stuff

Most people know that composting is good for the earth, but most people don’t know exactly what it means to compost and how or when to use it. We know it’s good…but that’s about it!

Garden Grove is working to reduce our carbon footprint by producing our own onsite compost. The decomposition of organics in landfills produces methane, a greenhouse gas that, according to the EPA, is 70 times more effective at trapping radiant heat than carbon dioxide.

Compost is decayed organic matter used as a plant fertilizer. Any compost should have a good mix of brown and green plant matter, (as landscapers, we’ve got a good line on this stuff!).

Compost helps loosen clay soils, helps retain water in sandy soils, and adds nutrients almost anywhere it is used. Whether dug into the topsoil or placed periodically on top (a practice called top dressing), compost should lessen the need for chemical fertilizers.

Compost will help the soil retain moisture and will increase your overall earthworm and microbial population, which serve as biological controls against unwanted pests, so seeing earthworms or other insects is a good sign, because it shows it can support life.

Compost can be used on commercial or multi-residential properties. It is good for flower beds, vegetable gardens, containers, tree beds, and even raked onto lawns to boost fertilization of the grass. And there’s no bad time for us to add it. Fall is a great time to replenish the ground to prepare plants for the harsh winter, and Spring is a logical time to get new life off to a good start with the right nutrients. If you have any questions, please ask us how composting can benefit the health and look of your exterior any time of the year.


Written by David Lammers

David Lammers is the president of Garden Grove Landscaping. Garden Grove provides Commercial Landscape Management Services across the Golden Horseshoe, GTA and Southwestern Ontario. David may be contacted at or 1-866-996-1099.