Adding highly decomposed peat to golf course turf, sand-based sports fields, and landscaping holdsand nutrients at root zones, reduces soil compaction, and encourages root penetration and aeration. Peat also harbors beneficial microorganisms that break down thatch and prevent its buildup. Average organic content is 87-93%; average ash, 7-13%; average pH, 4.1-5.1. Minnesota peat is harvested 6 mo. each year, stockpiled, and shipped in 5-cu.-yd. tote bags or 85- to 110-cu.-yd. bulk truck loads.