Using Compost to Enhance Your Yard & Garden
Improving Soil Quality & Fertility
Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic waste through decomposition. While some might think it is complicated, it’s actually a very simple process that is constantly occurring in the natural environment. The composting process allows organic matter to be metabolized and returns vital nutrients to the soil to help support plant growth.
Why Should I Compost?
There are tons of reasons why you should consider composting. Not only is composting good for the environment, it can also leave your garden, grass and landscape thriving. Here are a few reasons to consider composting:
- Improves soil quality and fertility
- Enhances plant health and growth
- Acts as a natural fertilizer
- Saves space in landfills
- Reduces green house gas emissions
Setting Up Your Compost
Many Knoxville, TN homeowners opt to set up a compost right in their very own backyard. In order do this you should also have an indoor compost bin that you keep near your food prepping area for easy access. When your indoor bin fills up, you take it out and put it in your outdoor bin where you leave it to decompose.
For successful composting you will need:
- Green (wet) and brown (dry) organic waste
- Oxygen Moisture (you should add water to your compost pile)
- Heat (choose a warm spot in the sun)
Good sources of brown organic waste include woodchips, newspaper and dry leaves. Good sources of green organic material include grass clippings, food waste and other garden debris. It is imperative that you have both as they provide essential elements necessary for successful decomposition.
What Can You Put in Your Compost?
- Yard Waste
- Egg shells
- Coffee grounds
- Wet paper towel
- And much more!
How to Use Compost for Your Yard & Garden
Compost is known as “black gold” for you garden and landscape. Once your compost is ready to use, you will see your yard begin to flourish.
1. Top Dressing
One of the best uses for your compost is as a top dressing for your lawn. In order to do this, sprinkle 1-3 inches of compost on top of your grass, then rake it and water it in. Eventually the compost will settle into the soil and disappear leaving you with healthier, more fertile soil.
If you are using your compost as mulch, spread it around trees, shrubs and other plants. Make sure to pile up a good 2-3 inches so that it can hold moisture. Do this 1-2 times a year and you will have the healthiest plants on the block!
3. Make Compost Tea
Compost tea takes composting to the next level. The only thing better than using compost in your garden, is using compost tea. As its name implies, compost tea is made by steeping compost in water. Compost tea makes the benefits of compost go farther and increases the amount of nutrients available to the plant! “Brew” your own batch to use in your lawn and garden!
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