Finally, we all need to use more compost in our yards, to help kick-start that population of microbial buddies we want to inhabit our soil. This should be done this fall, and then every two or three years thereafter. On the lawn a four to one mixture of sphagnum peat moss to compost does wonders. On the garden beds sprinkle compost over the surface and then each year incorporate compost whenever you are planting any kind of plant. If you have a large yard, you can get a truck load of compost from most landscapers. At the local garden center, my favorite compost is called “Organimax”. It includes additional soil microbes in its package.