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yard waste, composting

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ExEx 6004


One of the best alternatives for yard waste is to use the materials in composting. Gardeners have been composting to dispose of yard and garden waste for many years and have used compost to increase the organic matter content of their soils. Composting leaves, grass clippings and other waste organic materials before putting them into the garden or using them as mulch has many advantages. Composting often will reduce bulk by 50%, thereby facilitating storage and use of the material. Composting eliminates the problem of decomposing microbes competing with garden plants for the nitrogen needed for decomposition to occur. Composting also will allow you to utilize materials that ordinarily would be unacceptable for use.