Composting Facts

By Robert Robillard on Landscape

What is compostingCompost Bins

A client recently asked me to build her a couple of compost bins that had lids to keep the critters out.  That request led me to do some research on composting and compost bins.

Over the next week or two I will be sharing composting facts and the results of my research with you.

Backyard composting is an environment safe and cost-effective alternative to adding to the landfills or incinerators.

What is compost?

Compost is nutrient rich dirt that is made as a result of decomposing organic matter.

Why make compost?

Composting is an easy and practical way to handle your garbage and yard waste. It also is better for the environment by avoiding the process of bagging waste and taking it to the land fill. Compost also improves your soil and is beneficial to the plant root systems. If you have a garden, a lawn, trees, shrubs or even plant boxes, you have a use for compost.

Organic matter in the soil has been proven to improve plant growth by adding water and nutrient-holding capacity to sandy soils and adding essential nutrients to the soil.

What can be composted?

Yard waste, such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, weeds and the remains of garden plants make excellent compost.

Where to use compost?

Compost can be used to enrich the flower or vegetable garden and improve the soil around trees and shrubs.You can make a difference! Through composting, 30 to 40 percent of curb-side waste can be diverted from already overburdened landfills and turned into fertilizer for your lawn and garden.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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