When you work the soil in your yard or property, you know the importance of replenishing the soil with nutrients and minerals in order for your vegetation to grow the healthiest it can. Over time, plant growth will use the nutrients from your soil and plants will no longer grow well, unless you replenish it with regular composting activities. The following are some recommendations and tips to help you get a compost supply that will keep your yard and garden growing well and looking its best.
There are many landscaping companies that have access to their own or a local source of compost materials, such as from a farmer in the area. So if you are working with a landscaping professional, let them know you are looking for a compost supplier and they can connect you with them or arrange for the delivery right to your property.
The great part about working with your landscaping professional is that they can arrange for the delivery and distribute it out onto your property. So, if you want compost added to your vegetable garden and bedding areas, they can add it to the soil and combine it in for you to prepare it for your spring planting.
Make Your Own Compost
Another way to get access to compost is to make your own. Many if not all of the ingredients to make compost are already in your home and in your yard; you just need to know what to do with them. A good compost is made up of the right balance of nitrogen and carbon, or green and brown organic materials. These materials can include your vegetable peeling scraps from the kitchen, used coffee grinds, shredded newspaper, straw, lawn clippings, bagged leaves, and saw dust.
Select an area in your yard to build your compost pile or use a compost bin and add the materials to the mixture layering them with wet and dry, green and brown materials. Keep the compost pile wet but not soaking and the sun will heat it up for it to begin to break down. Be careful you don't add any weeds or diseased vegetation to the compost, as this can transfer back into your soil through your finished compost mixture.
You will also need to mix the pile up periodically as the materials begin to break down, which you can do with a shovel or pitch fork. After time, the materials in the pile will begin to take on a brown earthy look, which means your compost is ready to add to your soil.