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How to Compost Yard Waste

Yard waste is a byproduct of lawn and landscape care hand can be put to future use. Because it’s comprised of organic, natural elements, it works well for gardening and for growing plants and flowers in a softscape feature.

Often times, it can simply be combined and left to reduce on its own in a location away from a home’s exterior. The distance prevents pests from becoming a problem inside the home.

 

How to Compost Yard Waste

 

The reason many people have difficulty cleaning up yard waste is because they don’t think of it as a step- by-step process. Rather, most people try to work in specific areas, opting to clean up in small sections. This results in more work because it becomes a task of cleaning up one area, then another in a piecemeal manner, instead of using a more sweeping method.

 

Organic matter improves the drainage and aeration of clay soil. Compost can be thought of as a separator that ‘shoulders apart’ tightly packed clay particles to allow water and air to enter. Composting helps sandy soil hold water and nutrients. Compost holds moisture ‘like a sponge’ and releases fertilizer nutrients slowly. –Colorado State University Extension

 

 

The best way on how to compost yard waste is to use a leaf blower or rake, along with a tarp. Place the tarp in the middle of the yard securing all four corners with large stones or bricks. Then, start in one corner of the yard, blowing or raking the debris toward and on top of the tarp. Do the same for the remaining corners until the lawn is clear of debris. Now, you can cinch the tarp together with twine or rope and roll or pull it to a place where the yard waste can reduce to compost.

 

How to Compost Yard Waste

 

The best way to compost yard waste is to put it all into a bin or container in layers. Combine the yard waste, along with brown leaves, branches, and grass with organic kitchen waste and fresh grass clippings. The point is to make combined layers of green and brown materials to allow bacteria to do its job. As you put in layers, spray a bit of water over each one and be sure to return to turn and wet the pile occasionally for the best results.

 

Once the bin is full, add compost starter or activator, which contains the microorganisms that kick-start the process. Composting takes time, but eventually, you’ll have a nice source of nutrients for a flower or a vegetable garden.

 

How to Dispose of Yard Waste

 

If the debris is too large and/or to voluminous, you can put it in a truck and haul it to the local yard waste repository. An alternative would be to call a hauling service and have it picked up and taken away.

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