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Adding compost to soil helps gardens

Add compost to your gardens. (Source: KTRE) Add compost to your gardens. (Source: KTRE)
Tom Newman turns his compost. (Source: KTRE) Tom Newman turns his compost. (Source: KTRE)
Lufkin Farm Supply sells bagged compost. (Source: KTRE) Lufkin Farm Supply sells bagged compost. (Source: KTRE)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

In a few weeks spring will arrive, but many folks are already getting their hands dirty. With the warm temperatures, people are getting their gardens ready and businesses are selling the goods.

Experts recommend compost is the miracle addition to your flower beds this year. They say the substance will help add plenty of nutrients.
Tom Newman has his own compost that he uses.

“Compost is really fluffy. If you just dug up dirt, sometimes around here it's very hard-back and then you put water on that hard back soil when it dries out, it become hard-backed up again,” Newman said.

As a result he says, people would continually have to break that soil up to help it breathe.

Cary Sims, the county extension agent, said compost can come and help either the sandy soils by improving water holding capacity or heavy clay soil which can increase infiltration and clay permeability.

"No matter where you're coming from on your soil types, it will help build and improve the soil. Be it heavy clay or deep sand that doesn't hold anything. It will always help your soil,” Sims said.

It’s too late in the year to start composting to use it right now, but plenty of area feed stores carry various types of bagged compost.

The general manager at the Lufkin Farm Supply store said he's seen an uptick in customers coming in and buying compost.

"A lot of them want to get away with the bag fertilizers and go more natural, we go through a lot of compost, a lot of compost,” said George Woods.

Experts say it's very economical to add a few inches of compost to the top layer and turn it in.

"You can get by just very little knowledge and have a great garden, flowers or vegetables by just turning in compost. It's an easy go to,” Sims said.

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