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Making your own home compost can be an economical and environmentally prudent way to deal with yard waste. The process produces material you can apply to enrich your soil and promote growth of plants and flowers. Here's how to set up home composting:

  • Build your own enclosure to a size appropriate for the amount of yard waste you deal with, or simply form a pile made up of grass clippings, dead leaves, weeds, tree prunings, etc.
  • Start with a layer of about six inches of waste.
  • Cover with one inch of top soil.
  • Repeat layers as needed, adding a small amount of lime or nitrogen fertilizer to each, if you like.
  • Make a dish-like area on the top layer and add water to make the mixture about as moist as a squeezed-out sponge.
  • Turn the whole pile over weekly, and check the natural heat it generates. The compost is ready to use when the temperature drops.