One of the inevitable accumulations you’ll have is yard wastes. With the changing of seasons, you’ll be able to gather a lot of yard waste, and the problem is how to deal with them. While curbside collection might be the last resort to clear off your yard and make it look clean and aesthetically pleasing, hold on to that thought for now.
There are many alternative greenways to make use of your yard waste. Those grass clippings, dead branches and twigs, fallen leaves, and dead plants are all useful to regenerate something useful for your household. Contact organic recyclers, like MOR and similar service providers, and avoid adding more waste into the landfill. Also, apply the following ways to organize your yard waste better:
1. Apply Grasscycling
After mowing your lawn, you leave the clippings on the property. This method is known as grasscycling, and it’s a simple green way to reduce yard waste. It’s one of the easiest methods of recycling yard waste because there is no need to bag or remove the clippings. Although you may follow a mowing schedule depending on your desired grass length, there is really no need to haul the grass clipping as they can just be left into your lawn. Not only is this good for the environment since you won’t add to the landfill, but it also improves your lawn’s health.
Beautifying your lawn means you need to maintain the grasses by trimming them. Grass clippings fall below your grass and decompose slowly to provide your soil with essential nutrients. These are effective nutrition boosters, so you won’t ever have to shell out money for nitrogen fertilizers. Less than an inch to an inch is an adequate length to keep your lawn and grass beautiful. This also prevents the grasses from smothering.
2. Compost Your Yard Waste into Great Soil
Another effective way to rid of yard waste is to do composting instead. Save yourself from money spent on hiring rubbish removal and do the composting yourself. The idea behind composting is to improve your poor soil while recycling and saving you money, which makes it an ideal situation for yard owners. There is no need to worry about this being hard or messy. Natural processes take place on their own. Also, you have access to videos and online articles that can help you with a step-by-step process for composting.
To begin, consider doing this method during early fall when tree leaves start to drop. In addition to keeping waste out of landfills and garbage disposal systems, composting produces a highly nutritious soil additive that improves drainage, enriches compacted soil with organic matter, and even fights off some plant diseases. Health-wise, spending time with nature, soil, and the garden is suitable for your mental and physical condition. To make compost, apply the steps below:
- Segregate Green and Brown Materials
Make a three-foot-deep pile of materials before you start building a hot compost heap. You need to segregate materials in both colors, which are green and brown. The brown category includes all fallen leaves, dead branches, twigs, even newspapers or wood shavings. These are the carbon sources. As for green materials, you can have coffee grounds, animal manures, kitchen leftovers, fresh plants, or grass clippings. These all serve as nitrogen.
- Add Water into Your Compost Pile
Make sure the pile is always damp by spraying water regularly. You don’t want your pile to become waterlogged or drowned, so be careful with adding water. One way to determine if your adding enough water is to check the compost pile’s warmth.
- Stir It Up
The pile should be turned weekly with a garden fork during the growing season to ensure enough oxygen. The material in a pile will cook faster if it’s stirred up, which will also prevent it from matting down and develop a bad smell.
- Apply Into Your Garden
Typically, compost is ready to feed a garden once it stops emitting heat and becomes dry, brown, and crumbly. You can now finally add a few layers of compost into your garden beds.
- Make A DIY Mulch
Organic mulch can be made from grass, leaves, and wood scraps. In addition to controlling temperature and moisture, mulch enriches your soil while blocking the growth of weeds. During the fall season, natural mulch is plentiful. Use your lawnmower to shred forest leaves, then bag them along with your grass clippings, then sprinkle a thin layer around your plants. These will improve the condition of your garden plants.
The yard waste might be organic, but it’s still waste. To reduce these wastes, apply the various tips and ways mentioned above. Hopefully, your garden, lawn, and yard can all benefit from this organic rubbish. There won’t be any need to contribute to landfills as these trashes can benefit your garden more.