Composting in Three Easy Steps
One of the most crucial aspects of successful garden growth is the condition of the topsoil. No amount of watering, pruning, or aerating will be as effective as composting. Laying compost is hard work, but the reward is well worth the effort. Following these three steps will result in a garden with nutrient-rich soil and healthy plants.
Step 1: Set Up a Composting Area
You can make a compost bin yourself from spare wood or buy one from a store or online. The quality of the bin won’t affect the quality of your compost. Composting is all about location, location, location. The bin should receive about one to two hours of direct sunlight every day. It’s also important to place the bin in an open area that receives ample moisture.
Step 2: Identifying Compost Material
The key nutrients for compost are nitrogen and carbon. The best material to compost with will contain a high amount of both. Foliage, for example, makes great compost. This means fresh grass clippings, dead leaves, dead branches, pinecones, and pine straw all should make their way into your bin. Food scraps, including eggshells, nutshells, vegetable and fruit scraps, teabags, and coffee grounds, are also good materials to include. Paper products like cardboard, paper egg cartons, sawdust, tissues, and newspapers are great additions, too. It’s also important to know what not to place in the bin. Don’t include bones or meat, fats or cooking oils, pet waste, weeds, or diseased plants.
Step 3: Laying Compost
You’ll know the compost is ready to be dispersed when it resembles healthy soil. It should be dark brown and crumble like fresh dirt in your hands. Once your compost has achieved this quality – it usually takes around two months – you’ll have to spread it across your garden and lawn. The tools you should have ready are gloves, a wheelbarrow, and a shovel. Take a load of compost around your yard and Use about a shovelful for each area you’re applying compost to. Place it near the roots of plants and pack it down into the topsoil. For grass, sprinkle loose compost along the lawn as you move the wheelbarrow along. Anything you have left can be used as the base for the next season’s compost.
Following these three steps will result in rich soil that will nourish your grass and plants. The effort you put into composting will greatly improve the health of your garden and lawn. If you have questions, feel free to ask your certified landscape specialist during your next Atlanta lawn care service. Compost like the pros and appreciate the healthy grows!