Organic matter vs. organic debris
The secret to DAKOTA's success lies in the distinction between "Organic Matter" and "Organic Debris". We all know that it is important to add organic material to our soils to keep them healthy and nutrient-rich. That said, all organic materials are not equal and some can produce unwanted results.
Soil organic matter is the well-decomposed, more or less stable portion of plant and/or animal residues in a mineral soil. Often referred to as “humus”. Organic matter is often discussed in terms of its level of decomposition.
Less decomposed organic material, when incorporated into the soil, do not technically become part of the soil organic matter until they are broken down into a stable form of humus. It is simply organic “debris” until such decomposition occurs - and organic debris actually pulls microbiology and nutrients away from the plant to aid with decompositions.
Composts and mulches are commonly marketed as organic matter (often for the intent to use as a soil amendment) but, in most cases, they are not yet broken down to a level usable by a plant. This means that your compost may actually be competing with your plants for the soils available nutrient.
DAKOTA Peat is true Organic Matter. Dakota is fully decomposed and the carbon is 100% bioavailable.