21st Mar 2023 -

Compost is a crucial tool for gardeners looking to improve the quality of soil, whether that’s for growing plants, grass, or vegetables. It is a soil amendment, used to improve the nutrient levels of the soil. It’s important to know the difference between compost and soil and the different types available for UK gardeners.

What is Compost Soil?

Within the UK, compost soil is sometimes used as a term to describe compost, which is actually a separate product from soil. Compost is described as a soil improver, which means it is added to soil to provide benefits. It is made from a mixture of decomposed organic products like leaves, food, and grass. This will be a product rich in bacteria, helping to boost the nutrient content of your soil.

Compost soil can help to keep moisture within a garden, and suppress weed growth. It is primarily used to improve the fertility of the soil, making it more suitable for all kinds of plants.

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What Compost Soil is Available?

There are a few separate products available when shopping for compost soil in the UK, serving different uses within a garden or landscaping project.

  • Multi-Purpose Compost: This will be the standard compost soil product available within the UK, intended for use across a wide range of gardening tasks. This could include things like standard planting, alongside potting, beds, and vegetable patches. We offer an organic peat-free option in 500kg, 750kg bulk bags, or 1000kg amounts.
  • Seed and Cutting Compost: You’ll also find composts specifically intended for planting seeds and cuttings. It will have a fine texture ideal for smaller plants.
  • Potting Compost: This compost is intended to be used within plant pots, with a coarse texture intended to aid drainage.
  • Ericaceous Compost: Within the UK, soil can have a determined pH level, showing whether it is acidic, alkaline, or neutral. Some plants thrive specifically within alkaline soil, and this compost is designed around aiding their growth.
  • Organic Manure and Mushroom Compost Mix: You’ll also be able to find products that mix compost soil with other products like manure. We offer an organic option through our site, available in 500kg, 750kg, and 1000kg sizes.

We work with professionals to get them the bulk product deliveries they need. Whichever compost soil you need for a gardening or landscape project, speak to a member of our team.

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Is compost the same as soil?

Soil is the specific top coat of gardens, parks, and other green areas. It is made of a combination of moisture, various minerals, and organic products. Within gardening, topsoil will be sold, which is taken from the highest layer of a location's soil and can be used for plant pots and beds, or for adding to your own soil. Compost is a different product, and is used as an additive within the soil to improve various elements of it.

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