Stop The Back Breaking Raking Of Fall And Make A Compost Pile

Stop the Back Breaking Raking of Fall and Make a Compost Pile

November 2, 2010
Green Living

We all know as fall begins to approach the leaves will be changing from green into beautiful hues of red, gold, yellow and amber.  The changing leaves signify the weather is getting ready to change and winter is approaching, it happens all over the country.  One of the least favored activities of fall is raking and bagging those leaves and stacking them at the curb. However, why not

Turn Those Leaves into Compost and Save Energy and Space in the Local Landfill

According to statistical information from the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowner yard waste is the second biggest trash item, behind paper and comprises about 25% of the whole community trash haul.  Dead leaves are rich in nutrients and minerals that can be used for landscaping and gardening purposes. There are many ways to make a home compost pile and it is one of the easiest ways a person can observe the “going green” trend and help protect the environment.

Leave and Yard Waste can be Beneficial

Compost is a super rich pile of decomposing materials, which contains humus, carbon and nitrogen.  It is very simple to make your own compost heap at home and you can build or purchase a bin from your local hardware store.  If you live in the country, chances are good your compost pile will not be a bother to anyone, but if you are an urbanite, then purchasing a plastic compost container might be the better option to avoid upsetting any neighbors.

Once you have your compost heap container constructed or purchased, place it in a shady location if possible.  To begin your compost pile you should rotate layers of brown material like dried leaves, twigs, straw, weeds and vegetable trimmings and manure.  The next layer should be green and you can use such things as grass clippings and leaves.  It is very important to never use animal or dairy products, pet or human waste, diseased plants or those treated with harmful pesticides.  Water each compost layer as you build the next and ensure each one is saturated well before proceeding to the next layer.

After your compost pile has sat for a week or two, the next thing you want to do is stir the layers up.  Using a pitchfork or rake, mix the layers together, then cover the pile back up again and let it cook and decompose.  Allow time and nature to do the work to turn the compost in a nutrient rich mishmash which will be used to fertilize your garden next summer.  Often it takes 2-3 months for a compost pile to reach full maturation, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time if you plan on using it in the springtime on your flowerbeds or garden.

Almost anything can be used in a compost pile and not only are you cutting down on your trash load, but you are also getting the added benefit of using organic compost in your garden or home landscaping projects.  Composting can become a hobby, passion and for some, even like a religion, but it is a highly enjoyable and productive pastime which many homeowners participate in.  Composting is a great way to clean up the environment and is just one of many ways you can make the most of the “going green” trend.

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