Tips for Reducing Waste

In Your Yard
Composting is the natural process of decomposing organic material, like leaves or grass clippings. Bacteria and insects consume this material leaving nutrient rich soil. Composting has been going on in forests since the beginning of time and can easily be done in your backyard. A major advantage to composting for any gardener is that the home-grown compost can be used instead of commercial fertilizers and mulches.

Grasscycling is the natural practice of leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. This can save time, money and other resources like landfill space. The clippings quickly decompose, returning nutrients to the soil. Proper turf management, in conjunction with the practice of grasscycling, can reduce water and fertilizer requirements, mowing time and disposal costs.

Xeriscaping means simply landscaping with slow growing, drought tolerant plants to conserve and reduce yard trimmings.

In Your Kitchen
Vermicomposting is composting food waste using worms. Composting through the use of worms in your own backyard, or school, is a very simple way to turn garbage into a useful product called castings that can help brighten up the flower beds and improve the food output of the vegetable garden. Composting using worms is also a great children's science project!

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