Using Compost for Erosion Control and Revegetation
Texas Cooperative Extension , E-354 , 2005
Composting refers to biological decomposition and stabilization of organic materials by microorganisms under aerobic conditions (in the presence of oxygen). During the composting process, heat produced biologically under proper moisture and aeration conditions accelerates decomposition of raw material, followed by stabilization and well- managed curing of the product. The result is production of good-quality compost that is biologically stable, relatively uniform in appearance, free of most pathogens and weed seeds, and beneficial as a soil amendment material with essential nutrients for plant growth. Thus, compost from various feed stocks, including yard, manure and food- processing residuals and other organic materials, has been used to improve soil quality and productivity, as well as to prevent and to control soil erosion.