Greetings all! I've been away for awhile (tending to a plethora of personal and professional goings-on). Hope everyone is well & enjoying a season of growth in their landscapes.
I'm trying to catch up on my yard/gardening, and want to get a load of compost delivered tomorrow to take advantage of my "stay-cation" 3-day weekend getting my yard back in order. My question is this - I can get either 2.5 or 5 cubic yards delivered, and I'm wondering how much I should get, how thick to spread it, etc. My yard is approx a 1/4 acre (including the house), and I have various beds around with gardenias, azaleas, cannas, banana plants, elephant ears, lilies, etc. Simply put - is it possible to put "too much" compost on these plants and in/around them in the beds? My thinking is to spread it heavily (couple inches) around the flowers/plants and beds, and perhaps use it to create some mounds for other/new beds in other areas. Also, since I have a couple of nice neighbors, I thought they might want to load a wheelbarrel or two for themselves too, because I know 5 yds is a LOT. But if it's not wise to spread it that thick on the plants, then I will just stick with 2.5 yds.
I'm not only trying to improve my plants but also my overall soil quality in the yard, given I have hard, red clay 3" down. If I can get this done this weekend, then I plan to get a load of mulch delivered next weekend to dress all the areas up and help retain moisture.
Any thoughts/advice on this? I've not worked much with compost in the past, and have not been as diligent with creating my own as I'd hoped due to other things going on. Appreciate your input!