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Composting - Your Personal Ecosystem

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun Jun 28 2009


Composting Compost

When you mow the lawn and pull the weeds, what do you do with the yard waste? When you prune-back the rose bushes in the fall, and when you trim all the trees to assure they grow bushy instead of spindly long, what do you do with the branches? When you rake the maples, oaks, and elms in the fall, what do you do with those old dried leaves? What did Mother Nature do with her yard waste before you came along fruitfully to pick it up?

May we suggest composting? Mother Nature abandons all the fallen branches and dried leaves on the ground so that they will decompose and enrich the soil; they add nutrients, and they keep it aerated. They also provide plenty of nourishment for hungry little bugs, the bottom of the mighty food chain that extends all the way up to magnificent moose and eagle. What good does your yard waste do among the tin cans and plastic bags in a landfill? Nourish your plants and save your own little piece of the earth with a compost heap.

Composting may be as simple as piling all of your yard waste in one monster pile at the corner of your fence, leaving it there to rot through the winter. What you used to call rot, you now may understand as "healthy decomposition". More sophisticated composters build waist-high bins, about 4-feet by 4-feet, piling all of their yard waste in the bins and adding liberal doses of bacon grease, coffee grounds, left-over salad, and heels from loaves of bread. The compost becomes blanket, bedding, and fertilizer for all your trees, shrubs, and plants.

In the fall, pack a collar of compost around all your shrubs and plants, keeping them safe through the winter, and feeding their roots as rain falls and snow melts through the nutrient rich mix of leaves, grasses, and branches. If you plant bulbs, leave a little basin and fill it with compost, so that you will collect water and feed your bulbs while they develop underground during the winter. In the spring, use your compost to condition the soil where you plants your fruits and vegetables, and use the rich mix to fertilize places where you want to fill-in your lawn with new seed. Take time to feed the shrubs and fruit tress again, too.


Copyright: 2009

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