Your Guide For Creating A Healthy Compost Pile
Fall is here, and brings with it apple cider, football and lots of lawn and garden cleanup. Put yard waste to excellent use by composting those colorful leaves, grass clippings and yard trimmings. Come springtime, you’ll have an organic fertilizer and soil conditioner that’s rich in nutrients, improves soil texture, and regulates moisture and soil pH. Find more ways to ensure your yard is looking its best with our fall lawn and garden cleanup tips.
Did You Know?
Composting reduces household waste by 30%!
What To Compost
What NOT To Compost
Meat, fish or bones
Coal or charcoal ash
Chemically treated yard waste
Your compost pile should start on bare earth. This allows worms and other organisms to do their jobs.
Place your bin in an out-of-the-way, shady spot in your yard, then lay the twigs and sticks first. This will allow the pile to drain properly.
Next, add your mixture of browns and greens. The final ingredient: moisture. Your pile should have the wetness of a wrung-out sponge. Don’t soak it.
Turn your pile every two weeks. It is ready to use when it looks and smells like very dark soil.
The right time to compost is late spring, summer and fall when the temperatures are just right to break down your browns and greens.
Put Compost To Use
When your compost is ready to use, add a 1 to 2-inch layer to the top of your soil, then use a tiller to work it into your garden about 3 to 5 inches deep. Or, add a handful of compost into each hole when you are planting your seeds or seedlings.