Home Composting


Compost Piles and Bins
For easy and efficient composting, yard trimmings can simply be stacked into piles. Leaves, grass clippings, twigs and weeds (except ones that have gone to seed or spread by runners, such as Morning Glory or Buttercup) can easily be added to a pile as they are collected from the yard. It is not necessary to add fertilizer or compost starter to a pile because all the ingredients needed for composting are already in yard trimmings.

A tidier composting method makes use of holding bins, simple structures that surround and confine compost piles. Bins can be made with wire mesh shaped into a ring or from wooden pallets fastened together to form a square. Bins are also sold at local lawn and garden shops.


Harvesting the finished compost from a pile or holding bin is easy. After waiting six months to a year for the yard waste to fully decompose, remove the bin and set it up again nearby. Starting at the top of the pile, remove any recently added material and either place it into the relocated bin or use it to begin a new pile. When you reach material that resembles rich soil, remove it for use in your garden. Large branches and other under-composed trimmings should be pulled out and shredded for further composting.

Just as a farmer can increase crop yields by creating ideal growing conditions through cultivating, fertilizing and watering, at home we can speed up the compost process by creating ideal conditions, too. Some pointers for compost farming include:

You can also visit Home Composting Made Easy for more helpful tips on composting!

Grasscycling - Leave-It-Lay
Residents are encouraged to mulch their yard trimmings as they mow. Mulching your trimmings benefits your yard in many ways by
Many hardware stores keep mulching mower blades in stock and they are easily retrofitted on to your existing mower. Recycling your lawn will save you time and money and is environmentally correct. Follow these simple guidelines to a healthy lawn: