Compost boosts your garden and lawn by providing valuable nutrients to your soil and plants. It helps protect plants against disease and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, which means less toxic run-off into our waterways. Compost also increases the water holding capacity, allowing you to water less!


  • Soil Amendment & Sod Preparation: Mix 2-6 inches into sandy soils before planting.
  • Summer and Winter Mulch: Use mature compost instead of bark dust or wood chips. Spread 2-4” around plants and trees, keeping it away from the base of trunks.
  • Lawn Top Dressing: Sprinkle about 1/4” fine or screened compost over lawn in the spring and fall to boost lawn health. This adds nutrients, helps fight diseases, and may reduce thatching and aeration problems.
  • Seed Starter: Sprinkle up to 1/2” fine compost over grass or wildflower seeds to keep moist.
  • Potting Mix: Mix 1 parts compost, to 2 parts potting soil for potted plants.
  • Compost Tea: Compost tea is a great nutritional “drink” to give to your plants. To make the tea, put 5 or 6 shovels full of compost in a burlap bag. Submerge bag in a 50-gallon container and let steep for 2 to 3 days. Apply tea directly to the soil in the garden or around desired plants.

If you need further soil amendments, Deschutes Recycling sells their compost products from yard debris and commercial composting. (Try the ReGrow!)


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Newport Ave Market Awarded for Commercial Composting Program

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Avoid Leftover Leftovers

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