You’ve probably heard of compost. Maybe you’ve even used it to help fertilize the plants and flowers in your garden. But how does compost work exactly? Not all compost is the same—there are many different types of compost, and each different type can have different benefits for your garden depending on their composition. The four most common types of compost are:

  • Mulch
  • A soil amendment
  • A compost tea
  • Lawn top dressing

Here is some more information about these different types of compost and what they can do for you garden from the gardening specialists at Canada’s Gardenland.


Mulch refers to any type of material that is put in your garden to improve the water retention of the soil by preventing the sun from dehydrating your garden. 2 to 3 inches of compost mulch can be sprinkled around plants, trees and shrubs in areas of your garden that get heavy sunlight to protect against dryness.

Soil Amendment

A soil amendment refers to material that is used to change the properties of soil to make it more adaptable to plant growth. You can add minerals to your compost to turn it into a favourable soil amendment. For example, adding lime can help make your soil less acidic.

Compost Tea

Compost tea refers to the liquid matter released by compost as it decomposes. Spray compost tea lightly on the leaves of your plants to help improve their nutrient intake. If you need more compost tea than your compost naturally creates on its own, steep a shovel full of compost in a bucket of water to hasten the process.

Lawn Top Dressing

Putting a light layer of compost over the top of your grass will help it to grow lush and green. A law top dressing will provide your lawn with additional nutrients and help it to preserve moisture content, which will keep the grass in your garden healthy all season long.

Compost is a great way to improve the look and vitality of your garden. If you need help with yard fertilization, landscaping, or any other gardening services, contact us today at Canada’s Gardenland for experienced and professional assistance with all your garden needs!