Composting Yard Waste: Maintenance

You have learned how to create compost, now learn how to maintain it.   If compost is properly mixed and maintained, a final product may be obtained in one to two months under optimum summer conditions. It should be about half its original size with an earthy smell. Proper moisture and air levels are especially…

Composting Yard Waste: Location and Structures

What structures are best suited for composting? Learn more.   Choose a composting site carefully. Partial shade avoids baking and drying in summer but provides some solar heat to start the composting action. A site protected from drying winds prevents too much moisture loss. Another consideration is convenience for moving volumes of plant materials in…

Composting Yard Waste: Making Compost

If you want to learn how to make compost, continue reading.   To make traditional compost, alternate different types of shredded plant materials in 6- to 8-inch layers. Layering helps compost reach the correct nitrogen balance. Use equal parts by volume of dry and green plant materials in the overall mix. Use caution when you…

Composting Yard Waste: Quick Facts

  Over the next few posts, we will share a report on composting yard waste. This report was¬†written back in October 1997 by C.R. Wilson is a Colorado State University Extension horticulture agent, Denver County; and J.R. Feucht was an Extension landscape plant specialist and professor (retired), horticulture. They revised this report in April 2004…