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Composting At Home

Yard Waste For Compost System

Rich soil from your compost bin

Use to enrich your garden

For less than ten minutes a week you can reduce your garbage and create healthy soil for your plants.  It's quick, it's easy—it's home composting! Home composting takes little time, space and effort, and it's so rewarding. Give it a try. Your plants (and your pocketbook) will thank you!

Why is Composting Important?

  1. Compost returns nutrients to the soil such as phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, and many trace minerals, all to be released slowly over 1-2 years for optimal plant growth and health.
  2. Compost is a natural fertilizer that improves soil aeration, tilth and drainage.
  3. Compost, as a top-dressing, promotes weed control by suppressing growth.  Furthermore, improved tilth makes it more difficult for weeds to anchor roots.
  4. Compost controls erosion by creating good tilth.
  5. Compost protects plant roots from sun and wind damage.
  6. Compost conserves water, when used as mulch; the soil retains moisture beneath it.
  7. Compost increases water retention when absorbed into loose or sandy soils. It aids drainage in clay or other heavy soils.
  8. Compost reduces soil diseases because of its high nutrient content. 


FREE Instructional Workshops

Our "Home Composting for Busy People!" workshops can teach you everything you need to know to get started. Find a workshop in your area today! Click here for 2016 schedule.


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