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Don't Waste the Garden Waste, Make it Work for You

Every proud owner of a beautiful garden faces green waste very often. Trees need cutting, grass needs mowing, weeds need to be removed. In a garden there is always a lot of work to be done and most of the jobs end up producing waste. Although,this type of junk is a little bit different than household rubbish or construction waste. It cannot be recycled but can be turned into rich food for your garden plants.

Every living plant extracts nutrients from the soil. That's why the pile of green waste is rich in these substance. The cycle can be closed. There are several ways to do this and bring back the nutrients to the soil and provide food for the garden flora.


Composting is not such a hard thing to do but of course you can find hundreds of guides on how to do it the right way. According to some of the guides, you can have a compost bin and store your green waste from all the spring and summer there. In the autumn, under the top layer of still fresh items you will find the brown rich substance of the ready compost. Now you can feed the soil in your garden with the minerals the green you put in the bin got while growing. Others say that you can just start a compost pile on bare earth. For better results the pile needs to be created in layers (moist and dry) and add green manure to all that. No matter which way you choose for composting it will pay off providing you with one of the things every garden needs - food. If you are interested you can search for more nifty methods. Hot composting, Bokashi, Wormeries - these give you the chance to use cooked food for compost (cooked food, meet and other leftovers are usually considered improper for composting). So in addition to getting rid of the green waste, you will get rid of some household junk as well. And all that without sending it to the landfill.


What is mulch? Mulch is basically chopped leaves mixed with wood disintegrated to small pieces. So if you have branches, fallen limbs and other organic materials in your yard, chop them up and add the leaves. Mulch will help you conserve the water in your garden. Experts say that adding mulch to your garden beds can prevent water loss by up to 25 per cent. It also protects the plants from cold weather.

 A Hedge

From the prunings and the branches in your garden you can easily create ... a dead hedge. This is not exactly the fastest way to return nutrients to the soil but it is certainly a way you can turn garden waste into something useful and pretty. And at some point it will naturally rot. Adding often new chipping to the hedge will keep its looks. Don't worry, there will be always place for more.

It's understandable that not everyone will be very fond of the idea of taking advantage of the garden waste. It takes time and effort. However, be aware that in the pile of garden waste there can be certain seeds and weeds. Some weeds are very persistent and can feed of the other waste or the compost it has already turned into. So leaving the green waste in the garden is not the better choice. Of course, you have the option of professional green waste removal service. Some landscapers and gardeners offer it as addition to their main job. If not, there are rubbish removal companies which can do it for you fast and trouble free. You won't make the garden waste work for you but it won't cause troubles either.

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