When organic materials are allowed to go into the landfill, the waste breaks down anaerobically—without oxygen—thereby producing greenhouse gases like methane. Making lawn and garden waste into compost—which decomposes aerobically with oxygen—means you have a natural fertilizer that does not contain harmful chemicals and is least dangerous to the planet.
Recycling lawn and garden waste is something any good organic gardener should do. If you would like to recycle your lawn and garden waste, here are some easy ways to accomplish this task.
Tips to Recycle Your Lawn and Garden Waste
Mulch your grass clippings back into your lawn. The clippings fall back onto the ground creating a cover to hold in the moisture. Often times you will water less if you mulch because the moisture does not evaporate as fast. As the grass clippings rot, they create natural nitrogen that also helps fertilize your lawn.
Create a compost heap. This is by far the best way to recycle your lawn and garden waste. You start by piling up any debris you have after yard and garden work. Add food scraps to get your compost heap “cooking”. Stir your compost heap often using a pitchfork. It won’t be long until you have a nice pile of all natural fertilizer to recycle back onto your lawn and garden.
Trimmings from bushes and trees can be added to the compost heap as well. This may be a little more time consuming since you have to chop them up into smaller pieces before mixing them in. At the end of the growing season you can add all your flowers and food plants from the garden into your compost heap. You will have fertilizer ready to go for next season.
After you have enjoyed the beauty of the colorful fallen leaves of autumn, you can recycle them by mulching them up and allowing them to stay on the ground. As the leaves rot, they add beneficial nutrients back into the soil. You can also add them into your compost heap.
Donate your lawn and garden waste. Many community gardens would love to have your leftover trimmings. Place them in biodegradable trash bags before you send them off to their new homes.
You don’t have to make rotting piles of fertilizer in order to recycle your yard and lawn leavings. Use dried leaves, branches and twigs for crafting projects. You can also chip up your branches and use it for a natural landscaping cover in your flower beds. At the end of the year, just till the trimmings back into the soil.
By recycling lawn and garden waste, the planet is not getting the harmful greenhouse gases that will in time destroy the ozone layer. Caring for the soil in an organic way will be a benefit for the planet and it will also reward you with a gorgeous looking lawn and fruits and vegetables that don’t contain harmful chemicals.