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The Buckeye Connection

By Stephen Schumacher, OSU Extension, Belmont County

April 6, 2009
Times Leader

Are you looking for ways to help the environment while improving your lawn and garden? Composting is a practical and convenient way to do this while dealing with all those yard trimmings. It can be easier and cheaper than bagging or paying to have yard waste removed. Compost also improves your soil and the plants growing in it. If you have a garden, a lawn, trees, shrubs, or even planter boxes, you have use for compost.

Compost adds to and improves the organic matter in your soil. Organic matter improves plant growth by: stimulating the growth of beneficial micro-organisms; loosening heavy clay soils to allow better root penetration; improving the capacity to hold water and nutrients particularly in sandy soils; and adding essential nutrients to any soil. Improving your soil is the first step toward improving plant health. Healthy plants help clean air, conserve soil, and beautify landscapes.

What can be composted? Yard clippings such as leaves, grass clippings, weeds, thatch and the remains of garden plants make excellent compost. Other good additions to a compost pile include ground brush, wood ash, and kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells and coffee grounds that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage. Do not compost meat, bones, and fatty foods such as cheese, salad dressing, and cooking oil. These foods can cause odors and attract nocturnal animals that can be pests.

Composting can be done inexpensively and it doesn't take a lot of time. For more information call our office at 695-1455.

 
 

 

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