We have talked many times about organic fertilization and environmental-friendly lawn care and landscaping activities. Many of our readers asked our lawn care Bethel, CT specialists about compost and its production as they feel the whole procedure is difficult, unpleasant, bad looking and smelly. However, our landscaping Bridgeport, CT experts claim that you can easily produce the best possible humus in your back yard without much fuss. They joined their lawn care Bethel, CT colleagues to give you a short “how-to” guide in making the best compost for your lawn and garden. Making compost is not the cleanest lawn care activity, but it is not as dreadful as many think.
1. Green Material
Everything green or fresh can make an important part of your compost: grass clippings, weeds, boiled tea bags, green manure, fruit peels, fruit leftovers, food scrapings and leftovers and so on. The green materials produce a very important component for rich and efficient compost: nitrogen – it produces proteins and nutrients. Our lawn care Bethel, CT experts warn you to never use the following products to make compost, even if they would make it into the green category: dairy products or leftovers, meat and fish, cooking oil of any kind, pet waste, coal or diseased or seedy plants and weeds. If you think you collected enough green material, you can go to the next step.
2. Brown Material
In the Brown Material category we find dry leaves and grass, twigs, wood chips and ash, dry weeds, cardboard and standard paper leftovers, coffee grounds and so on. Brown materials are the ones giving your compost its most important ingredient: carbon. This compound supplies energy to the fungi, rotifers, worms and bacteria which actually create the compost. Keep in mind that you should have 25 times more carbon than nitrogen in your compost for good, rich humus. Carbon is also important for absorbing excess moisture and for letting the air flow.
According to our lawn care Bethel, CT specialists, oxygen is that special key ingredient which can make or break your compost. Too much oxygen obviously dries the compost, making it useless, while too little oxygen kills the bacteria inside. This is what usually turns the compost into a rotting, smelling mixture nobody wants to deal with. You should aerate the compost on a regular basis, using a shovel or a pitchfork. Natural convection also keeps the air flow, but if you don’t know how often you should aerate the compost, ask your local landscaping Bethel, CT provider.
Water, just like air, should be traded carefully. Too much water renders the humus inefficient while too less water makes it downright useless. Our lawn care Bridgeport, CT colleagues insist you keep a 40-60% water level in the compost to maintain an optimal moisture level. However, if you overdid it, add more green materials, as their carbon component will absorb the excess water.