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Applications: Nurseries

Fairfield’s compost can be used in this application as a media component for greenhouse and container media, as well as a soil amendment in field, nursery and nursery bed production.

Nurserymen are familiar with the use of peat or bark-based products and media, however the products that are typically uses are devoid of nutrients and typically possess a lower pH.

Compost can assist in establishing healthier, larger plants in a shorter period of time and can provide a great benefit in supplying micronutrients and suppressing soil borne disease organisms.

Compost can also reduce the typical cropping cycle, and can be used as an effective means to avoid taking the fields out of production in order to allow them to sit fallow.

Compost is used as a means to reduce the cost of their media, reduce on-going maintenance practices (fertilisation and fungicide applications) and as a means to grow a superior crop, in a shorter period of time.

Uses of compost for nurseries:

  • Component to greenhouse and container mixes
  • Soil incorporant for field nurseries
  • Soil incorporant for nursery beds
  • Nursery bed and/or field nursery mulch
  • Organic fertiliser

Benefits of using compost

  • Weed-free
  • Less expensive than peat moss and many bark products
  • Allows for faster plant growth and extensive rooting
  • Improves the quantity of plant inflorescence (flower buds)
  • Rich in plant nutrients, thereby allowing for a reduction in fertilisation
  • Suppression of various fungal diseases – in many cases, it has eliminated the need for fungicidal drenches and fumigation.
  • Organic fertiliser
  • Eliminates need to fallow nursery fields
  • Helps retain moisture in light (sandy) soils
  • Can suppress nematodes
  • Extends the longevity of individual bed/field production by replacing the volume of soil that is lost with the harvest of each successive crop
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