What is the difference from mulch and compost? - Knowledgebase Question

Temple City, Ca
Question by johnsonsung
November 9, 2009
Hello experts, What is the difference from mulch and compost? The instructions for my Rosemary plant said to put 3


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Answer from NGA
November 9, 2009

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Compost is the end product of decomposing organic matter. Mulch can be any organic matter, and it is spread around the base of a plant to help suppress weeds, slow water evaporation and moderate soil temperatures. What you've done is spread compostable material beneath your rosemary. It will eventually decompose but until it does, it may generate some heat and it might attract rodents and insects. I think I'd rake the material up and pile it up somewhere else in the garden so it can decompose. When it does, you can spread it around your plants. For right now, invest in a bag of compost and use that to spread beneath your rosemary plant. Hope this helps clarify things.

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