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The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Composting

Here at Lawn Doctor, we're big proponents of using natural solutions to get your lawn looking its best. If you’re looking for a natural way to beef up your grass and lawn, composting may be right for you! Easy to do and great for the environment, composting provides a natural alternative to chemically based fertilizers, while helping you recycle the waste you already produce. Here you’ll find the basic do’s and don’ts to help you get started and get your grass on it’s way to healthy green!

What is Composting?

Made from broken down organic matter, compost is a dark dirt-like soil substance that provides rich nutrients to the ground it’s planted in. Acting like a slow-release fertilizer, compost comes from broken down material such as trees and leaves, food, and other various organic matter. As it breaks down, it helps return nutrients to the soil, allowing all the microorganisms and and the surrounding eco-system to flourish!

How To Get Started

While there are several ways to compost, they all generally follow the same basic principles of gathering the organic materials and alternating layers of green and brown. Green and Brown refers to the types of material being collected. Some examples of each include:

  • Green-Grass clippings, green foliage, kitchen scraps, eggshells
  • Brown-Leaves, newspapers, twigs
  • Items to Avoid-Animal waste, meat products (bones, fat, grease, etc.) 

Keep a small compost bin in your kitchen or nearby to make things as easy as possible. Once you have all you scraps assembled, it’s time to lay them in the garden. Alternate by putting down layers of brown and green materials. Green layers will give a nitrogen boost, while brown provides much needed carbon. Since moisture is a key component of the compost process, materials should be kept slightly damp without being soggy and be turned regularly. Finally, watch your soil soak up the nutrients and your plants come to life!

A Few Key Tips to Remember:

  1. Alternate layers of brown and green
  2. Keep compost damp without becoming wet
  3. Turn regularly to help keep airflow

Looking For More Ways To Get a Healthy Lawn?

While composting provides a great boost, your lawn needs extra attention to look its best. If you’re looking to help boost the health and overall look of your lawn, check out our lawn care tips for beginners or learn how to troubleshoot brown patches. Having a beautiful lawn can be rewarding, but requires hard work and dedication. If you find yourself needing a little extra help, talk to a professional. With an inspection from our technicians at Lawn Doctor, we can help your lawn get where you want it to be.

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