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 Composting

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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Workplace Composting Guide
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Additional Resources:       
Composting Basics                                
Trouble Shooting Tips
Northampton County Compost Pilot Program                                                                                                           

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 Grasscycling

Concerns:
  • Grass clippings and other yard waste account for about 20% of municipal waste deposited in landfills.                     
  • Collection, transport, and disposal of yard waste is costly.
  • Bagging clippings removes valuable nutrients from soils.

 

Answer:
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.

  • Grasscycling reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. Too much fertilizer can weaken the lawn by causing a shallow root system to develop. When using fertilizers, apply small amounts only two or three times during the growing season (mid to late May and early to mid September are best in the Northeast region).

Fall Leaves: What to Do With Them Guide

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