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What are the pros and cons of using peat-free compost?

The pros of using peat-free compost include:

Environmental Benefits: Peat-free compost helps preserve precious peatlands, which are vital for carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation.

Sustainability: Peat-free compost utilises renewable and sustainable organic materials, reducing dependence on non-renewable peat resources·

Soil Structure Improvement: Peat-free compost can improve soil structure, water retention, and drainage, leading to healthier plant growth.

The cons of using peat-free compost may include:

When using peat free compost, you may notice several difference compared to a traditional peat-based compost:

Water retention: Peat-free compost may have different water retention properties, requiring adjustments to watering practices. It  may retain moisture differently, so regular monitoring of soil moisture levels is important.

Nutrient Content: Peat-free composts often contain organic fertilisers that release nutrients more gradually than peat-based compost. This may require adjustments in fertilisation practices.

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