Organic matter is any compound that contains carbon, generally obtained from living substances, which may include either animal or plant material. In the instance of soil or mulch, organic matter may be composted material obtained from grass clippings, animal waste (which is nitrogen rich) tree trimmings (which may include bark, leaf material or ground hardwood). Each product will differ in the amount and type of organic matter that it contains.
Northeast Ohio’s native soil typically contain heavy amounts of clay. Through the use of organic matter you can physically improve your soil’s quality. By incorporating organic matter you’ll increase moisture retention and nutrient absorption which is fundamental in ensuring healthy plant growth.