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Compost should be uniformly applied over the entire area at an average depth of 1-2 inches and then incorporated to a depth of 6-8 inches using a rotary tiller or similar equipment.  Higher application rates of compost may be used if the compost is incorporated into a greater depth.  Rake the soil surface smooth prior to seeding or planting.  The soil surface should be free of large clods, roots, stones, and other materials that will interfere with planting. The amended area should be watered thoroughly after planting.

Lower compost applications may be necessary for salt sensitive crops like strawberries.  Additionally, application rates can be increased for plants that require greater amounts of fertility like tomatoes.

For more detailed application instructions view our official USCC instructions here.