Composting Saves Money, Enriches Soil
In addition, Texans spend more than $300 million each year disposing of yard trimmings, and billions in total yard care costs, including water, fertilizer, and chemicals to combat harmful insects and plant diseases. Costly synthetic fertilizers and pesticides allow chemicals to wash into lakes, streams and underground water.
Composting is a natural, low-cost way to recycle yard waste and organic matter into a beneficial, nutrient-rich fertilizer that is good for the environment.
How are compost piles made?
A compost pile may be started directly on the ground using a container or structure, which will save space, hasten decomposition and keep the yard looking neat.
Compost is ready when:
Did You Know?
A properly made heap will reach temperatures up to 160º F in several days. During this time, there will be settlement in the pile. This is a good sign that the compost pile is working properly.
The composting process may last from a few weeks to months, depending upon the types of materials used, water requirements and how often the pile is turned. Apply the finished product to gardens or around trees and shrubs by turning the soil and applying 1- to 3-inch layers of compost, working it in well.