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grow gold compost
Want to improve your home, garden, or landscaping project?

Try adding Grow Gold Compost®! Made from local yard waste debris, Grow Gold Compost® promotes healthy, lush plant growth without the use of chemical fertilizers. It’s created on a nine-acre site, located at Metro Park East Landfill, from yard waste collected through the Compost It! program. Yard waste is ground once it arrives to our facility, then turned and maintained for nine to 12 months as it decomposes.

Finished compost is screened to 1/2 inch or less and then tested by a third party bi-monthly, except during winter months, and results are available for viewing. While it sounds intimidating that it’s certified by the US Composting Council’s “Seal of Testing Assurance” (STA) program, it can be used by everyone from home gardeners to professional landscapers.

Using compost adds nutrients to the soil, helps retain moisture, and reduces erosion. Plus, you’ll weed and water much less!


Grow Gold Compost® is easy to apply, just follow the recipe that best fits your project:

  • RECIPE #1: Flowers & Vegetable Gardens
    Incorporate 1-2 inches of compost in the top 3-5 inches of soil a few weeks prior to planting. Reapply compost to soil every two years.

  • RECIPE #2: Lawn Maintenance
    Aerate lawn thoroughly in spring and/or fall. Top dress with 1/4-inch of compost.

  • RECIPE #3: Weed Control
    Spread a 1-2-inch layer along garden paths and around vegetables for weed control and moisture retention.

  • RECIPE #4: Mulch
    Spread a 1-2-inch layer on perennial beds in the spring to add organic material and micronutrients.

  • RECIPE #5: Potting Soil
    Blend one-part compost with one-part sand and one-part garden soil.

  • RECIPE #6: Trees & Shrubs
    Dig a hole 2/3 the depth of the root ball and at least twice as wide. Mix one-part compost with two parts soil from the planting hole. Place the tree or shrub in the planting soil and apply amended soil around the root ball.