Composting is good for the environment, cuts down on landfill waste, and is easy to do! Ask any little boy how cool it is to find worms wriggling around, doing their job to turn compost waste into rich soil. That’s nature at work, and Friedman’s Home Improvement will walk you through the steps to create and maintain your personal compost pile.
Composting is considered a healthy part of nature’s recycling process. When starting your own compost pile, first you’ll want to consider if you’d like an open-air or closed-air system. Whether you choose an open or closed system, carefully layer the materials or mix the ingredients. Let it sit or turn every few days and it will become compost within a certain period of time.
Now that you understand how simple composting is, here are a few more things to consider for your composting project:
1. Location–The ideal location for your compost pile is under a tree. The partial shade will keep the pile from drying out too fast. Make sure this location isn’t too wet and has good drainage.
2. To contain or not to contain–Do you want a compost heap? If so, make sure your backyard has enough space for it and that you won’t offend neighbors with smell or unsightful blight. If you use a container, it may take a little more work, but it’s neat, tidy, and the composting takes place in a smaller space.
3. Other Tools of the Trade–Accessory tools for composting could include a long-handled pitch fork for easy turning, a special aerating tool to keep the pile aerated and a compost thermometer, which has a long probe to accurately determine the internal temperature of the pile.
For help with composting supplies, gardening project ideas, garden tools, and landscaping supplies, seek out one of our friendly Team Member’s at Friedman’s Home Improvement. Either visit us at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.