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Compost tea is a highly concentrated microbial solution produced by extracting beneficial microbes from compost. The tea is made by putting compost in a filter basket that lets beneficial microorganisms through while holding back larger particles. The basket is then suspended in a tank of water that is highly aerated and enriched with nutrients, such as seaweed extract and rock powder. As the tea brews over the next 24 hours, the high levels of oxygen and nutrients help the microbes reproduce at incredible speed. After 24 hours, each milliliter of water contains millions of microbes instead of the thousands it started with.

The tea has a shelf life of only 18 to 24 hours because it is so alive. This compost tea has helpful microbes by the billions.

How does compost tea work?
When a drop of the tea lands on a leaf, countless beneficial microbes suddenly find themselves at the dining table. They immediately go to work, munching on plant pathogens while out-competing them for space on plant surfaces. They also starve out their competitors by eating up whatever nutrients are available on the surface and emit natural antibiotics and enzymes that kill off certain unhealthy microorganisms.

When the tea is used as a drench on the soil, it has a similar effect on pathogens while enriching the earth.

Compost tea provides:

  • A source of foliar and soil organic nutrients
  • Micronutrients for easy plant absorption
  • Nutrients in a biologically available form for both plant and microbial uptake
  • Better soil structure, drainage and soil fertility
  • Builds healthy soil and healthy plants
  • Decomposes plant residues rapidly
Healthy plants and lawns grow in soils that are vibrant and full of microbial life, and don’t need expansive chemical treatments, pesticides and herbicides.

Is compost tea safe?
Compost tea is 100% organic, safe and non-toxic to children, pets, wildlife and fish. Kids and pets can play in your yard immediately. Compost tea can be applied on an entire yard - trees, shrubs and lawn. There is no harmful chemical over-spray to annoy your neighbors.
Our Compost Tea Spray Service is the Safe, Affordable and Effective Alternative to Chemical Sprays.

GREENWOOD SIMPLE ANNUAL PROGRAM
Includes soil drench for the entire yard as well as foliar spray, and works very well for most well maintained gardens. The condition of soil and degree of prior chemical use can vary how rapidly results will be seen.

The SIMPLE program includes 3 visits per year: spring, summer, fall and costs $3.75 per gallon of compost tea (plus tax) delivered and applied. In a typical application we use 25 to 75 gallons of tea depend on a garden needs and yard size.

Greenwood also offers an INTENSIVE Program, which includes additional sprays, concentrated tea applications for severely damaged plants, spray additives for stressed gardens and organic fertilization if needed. Greenwood’s Certified Arborist addresses the special needs and pricing for this program after an evaluation of the conditions of the yard.

OUR COMPOST TEA SERVICE WILL BEAUTIFY YOUR YARD, MAKE IT SAFE FROM HARMFULL CHEMICAL SPRAYS AND SAVE YOU MORE MONEY YEAR AFTER YEAR.