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Powerful tornadoes and thunderstorms often rake across Georgia in the spring. Trees fall, limbs are snapped and landscapes are devastated. After a storm, homeowners, landscapers and tree companies are faced with mounds of wood chips that must be used on site or taken to a local composting facility.
Homeowners may have questions about using chips in their landscape. Here is a collection of pointers from Dr. Kim Coder, Extension Forest Resources Specialist:
Everything of an organic nature will compost, but not everything belongs in your home compost pile.
The most common materials used for compost bins are concrete blocks, 14-gauge wire fencing and wooden pallets. Concrete blocks and wire are readily available at hardware and building supply stores. Used, wooden pallets can often be picked up from manufacturing companies for free or a small fee. It takes 4-5 pallets wired together to make a suitable compost bin.
Yard wastes can be composted without a bin - if you don't mind the looks of an uncontained compost mound in your yard. The only costs are your time and work.
What you need
• Shovel or pitchfork
• Work Gloves
Maintaining Your Compost