Garden & Outdoor

5 Best Peat-Free Composts

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Over the years, many of us have begun to look at changes we can make in our lives to live and live more sustainably.

That’s why more and more people have started using peat-free compost in their gardens. But don’t worry if you’re not there just yet, as we’re here to help!

In this guide, you’ll find out exactly what peat-free compost is, what it’s made from, why it’s better for the environment and what the best peat-free composts are.

 

Our pledge to go peat-free

As the UK and Ireland’s home and garden experts, we want to support the conservation of our peatlands.

Consequently, by Spring 2022, we will no longer be selling own brand peat compost and pledge to have completely removed peat compost from our shelves by Spring 2024.

We’re also working hard to reduce the peat content in our plants across all our stores. We will be growing our own range of peat-free garden alternatives – including ericaceous, rose and shrub, coir, and multipurpose composts and topsoil throughout 2022. Our houseplant compost will also be 100% peat-free. We hope these changes will help our customers make their gardens ‘greener’ and create an eco-friendly home for all!

 

Why is peat-free compost better for the environment?

Peat is classed as a non-renewable energy source due to its slow regrowth rate. Plus, the mining of peat releases CO2 emissions into the earth’s atmosphere.

Therefore, by using peat-free compost, we are helping to use up natural materials that can be easily renewed and decomposed of.

Now you’re all clued up, let’s discover what peat-free compost is and which is the best peat-free compost for your garden.

 

What is peat-free compost?

Peat-free compost typically contains materials such as grass and tree clippings, and sometimes even manure – which your plants and grass love – alongside natural materials like bark and wood chippings.

These materials are then blended to ensure optimum drainage, balanced water retention and excellent air flow for roots.

 

5 best peat-free composts:

  1. Homebase Peat Free Multi-Purpose Compost - 50L | Homebase
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    Homebase Peat Free Multi-Purpose Compost - 50L | Homebase

    Ideal for use all around the garden, this peat-free compost can be used to nurture both flowers and vegetables. It also won the Which? Best Buy award for compost in April 2021, so is already a celebrated favourite.

     

     

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  2. Homebase Peat Free Houseplant Compost - 10L | Homebase
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    Homebase Peat Free Houseplant Compost - 10L | Homebase

    Containing all the nutrients needed for your houseplants to grow healthier and greener foliage, our Peat-Free Houseplant compost can be used with all types of houseplants. Containing Nitrogen for leaf and shoot growth, Phosphate for strong root development and Potassium for more flowers and fruit, this compost also contains trace elements to promote plant health and disease resistance.

     

     

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  3. New Horizon Peat Free All Veg Compost - 50L | Homebase
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    New Horizon Peat Free All Veg Compost - 50L | Homebase

    The perfect compost for growing your own vegetables! This peat-free compost contains BIO3 – a blend of Biofibre, West+ Wood fibre and Coir+. 100% peat-free and 100% sustainable, this compost works best with tomatoes, chillies, root crops, herbs, and even potatoes.

     

     

     

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  4. SupaGrow Peat Free Organic Garden Compost - 50L | Homebase
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    SupaGrow Peat Free Organic Garden Compost - 50L | Homebase

    An organic soil improver, SupaGrow is a peat-free organic compost that is ideal for your lawn’s beds and borders. Not suitable for use as a seed sowing compost, it’s made for improving your current soil structure or existing compost, as it enhances your soil with added organic matter.

     

     

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  5. Coco & Coir Coco Grow Peat Free Compost - 5KG/ 75L | Homebase
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    Coco & Coir Coco Grow Peat Free Compost - 5KG/ 75L | Homebase

    Made from 100% Natural Coconut husks, this peat-free compost is suitable for potting mixes, greenhouses, lawns, golf courses, horticulture, and floriculture – and for both indoor and outdoor use.

    It’s biodegradable, pH and nutrient balanced, and made from natural renewable sources. It also provides excellent drainage and aeration. Plus, its environmentally friendly formula contains beneficial microbes for your plants and lasts three times longer than peat.

     

     

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