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Composting: A guide to making garden waste work for you.

Composting is one excellent method to recycle yard waste. It is easy and cost no money. To anyone new to composting, or those who intend to improve their existing compost, I have compiled top tips and materials that will help you get the best result in your yard clearance effort.

Buy an efficient compost bin

Compost bins are compact and perfect for making compost for small gardens. These containers come in different sizes and price, find the one that best match your compost needs.

Select the best spot for your compost

Some factors determine a good place for composting. The ground should sit on a level that is well drained to ensure excess rain water does not interfere with bacteria works. With such a ground the worms find it easy to get in and break down various contents that make compost manure.

Let nature do its best

Yard waste material is biodegradable. Nature has its way to decompose such materials back to nutrients. One organism that speeds up the decomposition process is the worm. They love to spend their entire life in the warmth of the compost heap, eating and excreting the materials.

Tiger worm is one of the brilliant worms that eats its way through the organic material.

Always put the right material in the compost

Most of the yard material are okay to put in the compost. They include: grass, weed, tree leaves and other plant material. Do not put dog faecal or baby nappies. If your yard was littered with papers, separate them from the green material. Plastic, metals and glass should never be put into the compost. Such materials take thousands of years to decompose.

Get the component right

As you make the compost, it is important that you balance the mix. The compost should be humid so a lot of dry leaves will offset the decomposition. Again, as you mix the yard component ensure that there is enough air. Air has oxygen which helps in decomposition. It is also the reason why no water should remain stagnant in the compost hole.

Good airing

As time goes by, the compost material will get compact. To keep the process at its optimum, you need to turn the material for aeration regularly. Buy the right tools for the work.

Boost the process

It is true that nature can do the decomposition work. However, sometimes it is hard to get the right balance for fast decomposition. There are enzymes that act as a compost activator. These enzymes are natural and all they do it catalyse decomposition process. Mix the right proportion of the catalyst into the water and sprinkle on the yard material.

Remember that some animals are attracted to compost, fence off the area to keep them off. The compost odour should be reduced by adding lime or calcium. Lastly, visit the compost location ones in a while to ensure that everything is going as planned.

- The Composter

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