Compost FAQ

What is compost?

According to the Field Guide To Compost Use, compost is the product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of organic material that has been sanitized through the generation of heat and stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. Compost is an organic matter source that has the unique ability to improve the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. It contains plant nutrients but is typically not characterized as a  fertilizer.

Does your compost contain manure or other waste?

There is NO animal waste, human waste or food waste in Rutter's compost. Rutter's compost is a yard trimming compost made up of leaves; grass clippings; ground brush, logs and stumps. These ingredients are proportionately placed in windrows. The windrows are watered, turned and monitored for temperature change. In 6-9 months, the compost is ready to be screened.

How can I use compost?

Compost can be used in many, many ways. It can be used as a landscape mulch, soil amendment for planting beds, soil amendment for turf establishment / renovation, soil amendment for upgrading marginal soils, soil mulch for erosion control and many more. (information adapted from the Field Guide to Compost Use, US Composting Council, 1996.)

What is the difference between coarse compost and fine compost?

The material is exactly the same.  The fine compost is screened through a fine 3/8" screen. It is commonly used as a soil amendment, however some people do use it for a decorative mulch. The coarse compost is screened through a 3/4" screen and is most commonly used as a decorative mulch.