Composting is a practical and convenient way to transform yard wastes into a resource. Compost can include grass clippings, leaves, yard trimmings, and vegetative waste. It can be purchased or made at home. Compost is used for conditioning soil.
Greeley Water Conservation is hosting a compost bin sale to help you get started. Purchase a compost bin now and it will be ready for pick-up on May 4 at the Greeley Green Gardening Fair event.
Below is a guide created by the City of Greeley and Weld County to help you get started with backyard composting.
Here are a few reasons that you should be composting.
- Less trash! Compostable waste comprises about 24% of the average person’s yearly garbage.
- Soil amended with compost requires less water (as much as 30% less).
- Compost encourages healthy root systems, which decreases water to runoff onto paved surfaces.
- Compost can reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizers and chemical pesticides on your lawn and landscape.
- Never use streams or gutters to dispose of yard waste. Leaves can block catch basin and inlets allowing for potential flooding problems. In addition, they affect the oxygen contents in lakes and rivers and cause fish kills in waterways.
Here are some resources for you.