I am a big advocate of compost. I make it, use it and occasionally buy it. Plants love it. Compost and worm castings are my primary sources of supplemental fertilizer -- most people are surprised to learn that I rarely use synthetic fertilizer on my 3-acre property, and none in the last two years. Unfortunately, all the commercially available compost pales in comparison to the homemade stuff -- aptly called brown gold. The good stuff is expensive, assuming you could find it for purchase. One should expect to pay $1-2+ per pound. Again, if you could find it. The 40-lb bags (approximately 1 cubic foot) you see for sale for about $5 (a) must be a great deal or (b) what is in the bag is

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Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.