It’s that time of year again. Time for leaves to fall, most plants to die, and trees to be trimmed and debris gathered for composting. Landscapers are changing out summer plants for winter and neighbors are planting bulbs for the Spring.
Recently, while a commercial landscaper was changing out plants in one, of several, industrial complexes in our local community, a lady watching could not comprehend the plants being thrown away. She walks over to the landscaper and asks for the plants for her yard. Her resourcefulness has provided a beautifully landscaped yard at a minimal investment.
Composting is disgusting to a lot of people and feels that using the garbage disposal is doing the environment a favor. While using the garbage disposal to safely add ground vegetation back into our environment is good, how can mindsets change to think yard composting can be just as simple?
If you like working in the yard, there are several simple products you can buy. Personal experience has found that the small composting tumbler is easy and simple. Debris is put into the opening and then after closing and latching the door, use crank to mix. The aged soil falls into a tray put underneath and then used in potted plants or spread around the yard. A simple start to research composting can be found at www.compostmania.com or a simple, under $100, Suncast tumbling composter can be found at your local tool or department store.
Many neighbors hire local landscapers that compost. This is actually a smart move on the small landscape businesses, because the composting soil produces additional income by selling back to the client their own compost to use as fertilizer or potting soil.