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LinGro - City of Lincoln's Compost

Recommended Application Rates

LinGro Compost is the natural choice for improving the quality of your soil and turf. Applied properly, LinGro Compost will improve your soil's growing potential. LinGro Compost should be incorporated in to the root zone of plants and turf to be most effective. For every inch of compost applied, till into 4 - 6 inches of soil. In heavy clay soils, it is recommended that the soil be tilled first, then apply compost followed by another rototilling. This ensures that the compost is thoroughly dispersed in the root zone.

Established Lawns

Aerated Lawn - click for larger image
Aerated Lawn
Compost Spread on Ground - click for larger image
Compost Spread on Ground


Aerate the lawn and broadcast spread LinGro Compost approximately 1/8" to 1/4" deep and water thoroughly. Some professionals use a 60/40 mix of compost and sand or topsoil, which is heavier than pure compost and settles into aeration holes or thatch layers more readily. Repeat spring and fall on cool season lawns. One cubic yard of LinGro Compost will cover 1,296 square foot area.

New Lawns (prior to seeding or sodding)

Home with new sod - click for larger image
Home with new sod

Apply one inch of LinGro Compost over the area to be seeded or sodded. Additional compost may be applied. For every inch of compost, till into 4" to 6" the soil. One cubic yard of LinGro Compost will cover a 325 square foot area.

Many times home builders will dig out a basement for the home and apply the soil on the homeowners lot. For heavy clay soils it is recommended that the clay soils be rototilled prior to application of the compost.

Flower and Vegetable Gardens

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Sunken Gardens

In spring or fall, apply 1" to 2" layer of LinGro Compost over the entire garden area and till into 6" to 12" of soil. For established perennial flower beds apply 1" layer of LinGro Compost and mix lightly with existing soil. When thinning perennials mix compost thoroughly with soil in planting area.

Trees and Shrubs

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Landscaping Next to House

Apply 1" to 2" layer of LinGro Compost on the surface of the ground in a radius not to exceed the drip line of the plant. For best results aerate prior to application.

House Plant Potting Mix

House Plant Potting Mix

LinGro compost generally has an alkaline pH. It may be necessary to add aluminum sulfate or some other form of water soluble acidifier in potting mixes for pH sensitive plants.

Mix thoroughly (amounts listed by volume): 2 parts LinGro Compost; 3 parts top soil; 2 parts peat moss; 1 part sand or vermiculite.

"The City of Lincoln does not warrant, expressly or implied, the final quality of LinGro compost, its merchantability, or its fitness for any particular purpose."

Links to Other Sites

More information on the benefits of improving the soil quality prior to seeding and sodding can be obtained through the following web site:

LinGro - City of Lincoln's Compost