Composting: Feed Your Landscape, Not the Landfill

Source(s):

  • Gary L Wade
  • Wayne McLaurin

Landfills in Georgia are filling up fast, and residents throughout the state are recycling items such as newspaper, cans, glass and plastic in an effort to prevent this problem.

Landscape recycling also makes sense because leaves, lawn clippings and tree trimmings account for up to 30% of the material being dumped in landfills today. These riches from Mother Nature can be easily recycled right in our own backyards by a process called COMPOSTING.

Composting is a practical and convenient way of recycling leaves, lawn clippings and trimmings from the lawnscape. It is also an economical way of producing rich humus that can be added back to your soil.

Composting is not just a practice for farmers, rural residents or serious gardeners. Anyone with a landscape can benefit both the environment and their landscape by composting.

To learn more about composting and find answers to these commonly asked questions about composting:

  • What is compost?
  • What are the best materials for composting?
  • Do compost piles have offensive odors?
  • Where can I make a compost pile?
  • How big can I make the pile?
  • Do I have to build a frame to hold the compost?
  • How do I construct the pile?
  • How do I care for the pile?
  • What causes decomposition?
  • Does compost have a nutrient value?
  • When is compost ready to use?
  • How can compost be used?

Resource(s):

Center Publication Number: 35

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