There are lots of good reasons to compost. Save money, save resources, improve your soil and reduce your impact on the environment. Regardless of your reasons, composting is a win/win scenario. The
valuable mulch produced by composting can be used to help control erosion,
stimulate healthy root development, increase water retention in sandy soils,
reduces soil diseases and much more. Composting cuts down on the amount of organic waste that ends up in a landfill. When organic waste is placed in a landfill it creates methane gas, a harmful greenhouse gas. Composting is good for you and good for the environment. Adding compost to your garden will not only fertilize, it actually feeds your soil with a diversity of nutrients and microorganisms that will improve plant growth. Compost can be applied directly around the base of trees and shrubs to serve as mulch. It also can be worked into the top six to eight inches of the soil to provide increased water retention. Chemical fertilizers on the other hand provide a quick burst of a limited number of nutrients that can wash away into our rivers and streams.
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Grasscycling- leaving grass clippings on the lawn when you mow, improves lawn quality when grass clippings are allowed to decay naturally on the lawn, they release valuable nutrients, add water-saving mulch and encourage natural soil aeration by earthworms. For those concerned about our landfills, grass cycling cuts down on the volume of material making that trip.