It’s Autumn in Connecticut which means the end of the growing season, but don’t let all that plant matter go to waste. You can still get some use out of your leaves and plant matter that will benefit your yard next year. Here are some tips for composting this fall.
The remains of your flowers and vegetables may look unsightly and tempt you to toss them but these are perfect for composting. Tomatoes, eggplants, leafy vegetables, can be placed in a compost bin. Meat, bones, and dairy products don’t belong in compost a compost bin as it will attract raccoons and skunks.
Leaves are rich in carbon and grass clippings are rich in nitrogen. So before you bag up your leaves and grass and toss them to the curb, add some to your compost bin. Leaves also make a cheap and effective mulch and weed barrier.
Ashes from your fireplace or wood stove are a great addition to your compost bin. Ash is rich in nutrients and is already broken down. Only use clean ash from wood or other organic materials, not plastic.
If you are going to compost then you should have a separate bin in your house for organic material. Here is a list of common household waste that is compostable.
Fruits and vegetables
After the weeks and months those food scraps and plant matter will decompose. If you have a garden, sprinkle the compost around plants, mix it in with potting soil, or use it as a top dressing for your lawn.
Mulching by yourself can be a lot of work depending on your yard. Call The professionals at Colonel Landscaping we provide a professional mulch blowing program that not only gives great curb appeal but also controls weeds, pests and retains water.