The U.S. Composting Council is taking the guess-work out of choosing the right kind of compost by launching its Consumer Compost Use Program – a labeling system that will identify the types of uses that a compost product is best suited for, including trees, shrubs, flower and vegetable gardens and lawn care.
“We now have an easy way for the homeowner to identify quality compost products that can be applied to their specific gardening needs,” said Frank Franciosi, USCC president.
Each compost classification is represented by icons that reflect the compost’s use. Only compost producers in the USCC’s Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) program can use the icons, as they are tied to STA analytical data.
These icons are expected to become part of STA compost producers’ literature, Websites and packaging and will also be available as rack cards in garden centers and nurseries, the USCC said.
Along with the Consumer Compost Use Program, the USCC will also launch its Strive for 5% campaign – designed to reinforce the idea that soils should contain at least five percent organic matter.