Composting

In today’s world there is an ongoing demand to “go green” and composting is a great way of satisfying that demand. In simple terms this form of fertilizing is described as a controlled, natural process of decomposing organic materials into the soil. The process itself is quite easy and has a long list of advantages and benefits that range from big to small.

There are two main types of composting, including backyard and grass clipping. The method referred to as “backyard” consists of no more than a 3x3 foot pile of leaves, straw, branches, and food scraps. From there all one needs is air, a little moisture, and a high temperature. These can all be achieved by turning the pile over (creating air pockets), wetting the pile slightly with a hose, and placing the pile in area that will receive ample sunlight. On the other hand, the method known as “grass clipping” is a fertilizing method done by mowing one’s lawn and taking off no more than one-third of the length of the grass. From there, the recycled clippings are shot out the side of the mower and back onto the lawn where they enrich the remaining grass.

Both methods are fairly simple and give some rewarding advantages. First, fertilizing in such a way allows households to keep food scraps out of landfills and back into the soil. Secondly, with more nutrients in the ground, not only is surrounding vegetation enriched, but it also looks healthier and greener. Thirdly, it saves resources such as time and money by ridding a family of making purchases for lawn care products. On top of these benefits, there are also some smaller perks such as healthier vegetables from a personal garden and stronger pest resistant plants.  

In general, there are no down sides to composting. It’s an inexpensive way to save resources for an individual and the environment. It is an effective process that should be considered by average households all the way to major businesses.  By taking advantage of this method, one can keep the lawn looking sharp and the environment clean.

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