What Are the Different Types of Compost and Which One Should I Use?

Compost can be confusing because different types provide different benefits. In fact, some composts can actually kill your greenery rather than benefit it if it isn’t the right type of compost for the plants. Luxury Landscape Supply would like to take the guesswork out of compost. Here are the different types of compost available on the market (or fermented by you) and on which greenery they work best.

Four Primary Compost Types

There are four primary compost types: compost, farmyard manure, green manure, and vermicompost. Each type has its own benefit alongside mutual benefits. The point of compost is to nourish your soil to provide a healthy habitat in which your grass, plants, and trees can thrive. Let’s break these four types down further and, yes, the pun was intended!


Compost is the result of a compost pile. Many people opt to make their own compost using pet waste, plant clippings, viable food scraps, and weeds. Compost is economical and environmentally-friendly, although some people do not like the smell of the pile, which is why you can buy compost if you don’t feel like breaking it down in your yard. Compost is excellent for fruits and vegetables.

Farmyard Manure

You can guess what farmyard manure is: cow, horse, or other farmyard animal poop. This is good for just about any plant, but be careful, some farmyard manures are stronger than others and can kill plants if used too much. Manure is nutrient-rich and it lasts long in your garden’s soil, meaning you won’t have to use it as often. It doesn’t store well, however, so it’s best to purchase only what you need.

Green Manure

Green manure is a process that has been used for centuries by farmers to keep their crop soil healthy. Farmers grow crops of green and leguminous plants and then break them down into the soil. As the plants decompose, they fertilize the earth. Green manure helps cotton, maize, rice, sugarcane, and wheat grow. If you have a vegetable garden, this manure can help with your corn.


Finally, vermicompost is made up of, well, vermin. Earthworms to be exact. These amazing creatures can turn your garden into a lush and flowering wonderland, provided the earthworms can thrive in the soil. Vermicompost is good for all plant life because the earthworms encourage plant germination and improve the soil’s ability to retain water. You want these creepy crawlers in your yard.

Stop by Luxury Landscape Supply in Lawrenceville, GA, and browse our selection of composts. We can discuss your garden with you to determine the best options for your needs. You can also place your order by calling 770-285-0519.

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