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The ultimate guide to garden compost, additives and mulch

No garden soil is absolutely perfect for every type of flower and vegetable. This is why different garden compsots have been formulated for specific types of plants and different stages of growth. Below, we will explain the benefits of every type of compost and outline the main attributes of popular bags of compost available in the market.


As the name suggests, this compost is suitable for most established plants. It’s best suited for hanging baskets, raised and planters.

Bord na Móna Growise – Multi-purpose compost

  • Suitability: seeds, cuttings, pots and bags and hanging baskets

  • A peat-reduced compost mixed with essential nutrients to ensure healthy grow at every stage.

  • Has an added agent that ensures even watering

  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor plants.

Durstons Multi-purpose compost

  • Blended to increase water absorption, aeration and drainage

  • Ideal for all garden uses.

Bord na Móna Growise – Multi-purpose compost with John Innes

  • Added John Innes provides higher levels of water rentention and nutrient buffering

  • Ideal for pots, hanging baskets, beds and borders

Bord na Móna Growise – Multi-purpose grow bag

  • Ideal for greenhouses, balconies or patios

  • Perfect for new gardeners

  • Contain essential nutrients to encourage rapid grow

  • Gives protection from soil borne deceases

  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor plants.

Levington – Multi-purpose compost

  • Superior texture

  • Help plants develop strong roots

  • Absorbs 25% more water

Potting compost

Potting compost is best suited for seedlings and young plants. Normal composts are too rich and can be too coarse for seeds and young plants. These specialists compost have added nutrients specifically formulated to develop strong roots and have a finer texture.

John Innes – Seed

  • The ideal substrate for seeds and cuttings and general propagation

  • Carefully balanced for the nutritional needs of seeds

John Innes – No 1

  • The ideal compost for growing plants

  • Best suited for transplanting seedlings and newly rooted cuttings

John Innes – No 2

  • Best for repotting house plants

  • Medium size pots

John Innes – No 3

  • Ideal for established plants kept in containers

  • Use as a final potting stage

  • Can be used as top dressing

Miracle-Gro – Potting mix

  • Encourages root growth for stronger, healthier plants

  • Contains a balanced plant feed that lasts up to 3 months.

Specialist compost

Developed with a specific formulation to cater for the plant's needs.

Bord na Móna Growise – Ericaceous Compost

  • Formulated with a wet agent for easy watering

  • Perfect for lime sensitive plants such as Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Heathers

Levington – Tomorite giant tomato planter

  • Added sea weed for full flavored tomatos

  • Deeper, thicker planter for better growth

Levington – Desert cactus and bonsai compost

  • Its ph balance provides a more acid soil, perfect for cacti, succulents and bonsai trees.

  • Contains a free draining blend of loam, sand and peat.

Levington – Orchid compost

  • Free draining blend of bark and peat preferred by orchids

Bord na Móna Growise – Tub and basket compost

  • Nutrient rich and plus extra moisture control

  • Perfect for all plants in cointainers, as it promotes steady growth

  • Ideal for hanging baskets, containers and window planters

Bord na Móna Growise – Rose, tree & shrub compost

  • Suitable for potting or planting out

  • Perfect raised beds and borders

Soil improvers

Invigorates and restores the natural goodness in soil. It can improve aeration and drainage in clay soils and add more body to a light sandy soil. It will encourage healthy leaves and flowers whilst helping root growth.

Bord na Móna Growise – Organic garden soil

  • Perfect for replacing old soil in borders

  • Creating raised beds

  • Can be used in lawns and landscaping

Miracle-Gro – Bulb fibre

  • Premium peat-free compost

  • Encourages fast root growth

  • Specially formulated to help bulbs replenish themselves and flower again next season

Vitax – Perlite

  • Microporous granules that can be added to soil

  • Use alone to germinate seeds

  • Mix with compost to improve aeration, drainage and retention of nutrients.

Country Care - Horse compost

  • High in nutrients such as nitrogen, potash and phosphates

  • Improves fertility and water retention

  • Added to compost it aids aeration and drainage

  • Ideal for growing vegetables, roses and shrub

Country Care - Mushroom compost

  • Add to soil to condition and add humus

  • Ideal for breaking down heavy clay soils

  • Ideal for growing vegetables, roses and shrub


Mulch is applied on top of cultivated soil or on the surface of pot and planters. It can improve moisture retention in the summer and discourage weeds. It also works as a deterrent for garden pests such as slugs and snails. Plus, it looks very attractive and gives a decorative finish to your beds and borders.

Bord na Móna Growise – Mini chip bark

  • Decorative ground cover

  • Protects roots from frost

  • Suppresses weeds

Bord na Móna Growise – Medium chip bark

  • Perfect mulch for beds and borders

  • Can be used to edge drives and paths

  • Create paths with it

  • It provides a hard-wearing surface for play areas

All the products featured in this post are available to buy at our garden shop. If you need further advice or you want to check availability and price, please contact us

** Pictures and information used in this blog were taken from the following sites

- Bord na Móna:

- Levington & Miracle Gro:

- Vitax:

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