Looking to repurpose your waste and grow a healthier, greener lawn? Composting is a simple way to do something beneficial for both the environment and your yard, all while utilizing some of the waste you already create in your everyday life.
Compost is dirt-like soil made up of broken down organic matter such as leaves, food scraps, grass clippings, and more. It can provide a natural alternative to chemical-based fertilizers, as it acts like a slow-release fertilizer, returning nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. Using compost on your lawn can allow the microorganisms and the surrounding eco-system to thrive. The best part? It’s easy to do!
The basic principle of composting is to alternate layers of brown and green organic material. What exactly does this mean?
Green layers provide a nitrogen boost, while brown adds carbon. Keeping a small bin in the kitchen to collect these scraps will make gathering your organic material as easy as possible. Once you have what you need, it’s time to arrange it so it can break down properly. You can either use a composting bin (recommended, to discourage animals) or simply lay your scraps in the yard. From there, these are the key things to keep in mind:
If your composting is successful, you can spread it across your lawn or in garden beds to give your grass and plants some much-needed nutrients!
While it is simple to do, composting does take patience and diligence. If you’re looking for more ways to improve your lawn, check out our other blogs for lawn tips for all seasons. Want a more hands-off approach to lawn care? Consider hiring a professional! Our expert team at TruGreen knows exactly what your lawn needs and when, taking all the guesswork out.