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Why you should start composting

Posted by Ashleigh Bradshaw on 04-May-2020 15:30:00

Composting is a great way to keep food scraps and garden waste out of the landfill and provides an alternative, green and natural way of disposing of waste.  Instead of taking up space in a landfill  and releasing methane – a greenhouse gas – they will instead be broken down to provide better sustenance for your garden and the environment.

Here are loads of great reasons why you should start composting – even in your own garden!

Garden Food

Composting is an inexpensive and natural process that can transform your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. Using compost in your garden will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels and keep your soil’s pH balance right. Compost will give your soil everything a plant needs – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It will also help with warding off any unwanted pests or diseases from your plants.

Environmental impact

When waste is sent to a landfill site, the air cannot reach the organic waste and in turn, when it begins to breakdown, it can create a potentially harmful greenhouse gas – methane. However, when the same waste is instead composted above the ground, oxygen can easily reach the organic waste to help it decompose anaerobically, creating hardly any methane.

Try ‘grasscycling’

‘Grasscycling’ is as simple as leaving your lawn clippings on your lawn after mowing, to work as an organic compost. It’s an easy way to help compost your lawn without the fuss of creating a proper compost pile, saving you time and work! Leaving grass clippings on the lawn allows for the previously mentioned nutrients to be applied directly to the lawn, with no polluting run-off, no use of non-renewable resources and no damage to the soil or wildlife.

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