Tea is tasty, nutritious, medicinal and “hot” right now. So is compost tea for your lawn, trees, gardens and shrubs!
What is compost tea?
Compost tea is a natural organic fertilizer made from compost, or more specifically a water extract of compost that is brewed to give the bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes a chance to increase in number and activity using the nutrients present in the water. It is also a highly effective natural insect and disease inhibitor. Compost tea is inexpensive and often an easier method of applying compost, especially to your trees and shrubs.
How is compost tea made?
Aerobic water steeps the biology off of the compost through an extraction process. Food-grade molasses, garlic, kelp, and fish emulsion are then added to the mix. The foods activate and cause the biology to multiply, creating a powerful, nutritious food for your plants.
How do you apply compost tea?
Compost tea can either be applied as a foliar spray or as a soil drench. As a foliar spray, nutritious compost tea deposits beneficial organisms to plant surfaces so disease-causing organisms cannot find infection sites or food resources. As a soil drench, compost tea develops a biological barrier around roots to prevent root disease-causing organisms from being able to find the roots. The tea introduces organic matter, which provides nutrients for the roots to improve plant growth and moisture retention.
Where can you get compost tea?
If you are in the Boston area, our tree care company, Boston Tree Preservation, offers compost tea treatments and serves as a tea center where homeowners can purchase the tea to apply themselves. As the organic movement grows, many tree care and landscape companies understand the value of compost tea and are starting to offer compost tea treatments. You can also find recipes on-line to make it yourself if you have access to healthy, rich compost.
Click on the video below for a demonstration on how to make compost tea.
Compost tea is vibrant, alive and wakes up your soil! This spring, give your garden a treat with compost tea.
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Information compiled from bostontreepreservation.com.