Whether you have potted plants on your condo balcony or a backyard of fruits and vegetables, it’s important to take care of your greenery.
Considering that gardening is about harnessing natural processes, it’s always a good idea to keep your gardening practices as eco-friendly as possible. It saves you money and is healthier for your garden — it’s a win all around.
If you are seeking eco-conscious tips for cleaning your yard this spring, start with making your own compost. The rest — pruning, yard waste removal, etc. — will come after.
You can always enlist the help of professional junk removal services to get rid of amalgamated yard waste — but when it comes to your compost, that’s something you can take into your own hands.
The Environmental Protection Agency defines compost as an “organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow.”
There are a lot of benefits to creating your own fertilizer for your garden — it’ll save you the cost of buying the materials and is altogether more satisfying:
It Will Save You Money
Making your own compost will cost you nothing — you already have all the things you need. When you make your own compost, you get more use out of things you already paid for and save the money you’d spend on fertilizer.
Making your own compost doesn’t require any work. It’s just a matter of taking compostable items like old vegetables, peels and other organic materials and putting them aside for composting — instead of tossing them in the garbage.
Avoid using any bones, dead plants, fats, fish, dairy products, meat, weeds or sauces in your compost pile. According to Live Science, things you can use include:
· Fruits & vegetables
· Coffee grounds & filters
· Tea bags
· Cotton & wool rags
· Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
· Hair and fur
· Fireplace ashes
· Shredded newspaper, paper &cardboard
· Yard trimmings (grass, leaves, twigs, branches etc)
· Hay and straw
You Can Use Things You’d Get Rid of Anyways
Consider how much waste you discard of daily. Food scraps and yard waste make up 30 percent of what we throw away regularly according to Good Housekeeping, so why not direct that waste to something useful?
Say Goodbye to Chemicals
Why use a store-bought fertilizer with chemicals when you can make your own? There is something to be said about using a product and knowing exactly what went into it — no hidden additives, no snake-oil promises.
You’ll Keep the Environment Clean
When you re-use these bio-degradable materials, you are preventing them from getting wrongfully sentenced to a landfill.
Using your own materials is a lot better for your garden than a store-bought chemical fertilizer; it is actually a lot easier on your landscape and will remove the risk of soil contamination.
Use it for Any Gardening Purpose!
When you make your own compost and know what’s in it, you will feel comfortable using it for just about anything. You can use it to fill in holes in your garden, integrate it into your existing soil, put it in potted plants, and basically use it for any gardening or landscaping needs.