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COMPOSTING
INFORMATION
Save our landfills!

 

 

 

The IWMA encourages home composting.  By composting at home, you can turn ordinary yard and kitchen trimmings into a free, homemade soil booster, save landfill space and conserve water.

Compost and Worm Bins
Compost bins are best suited for composting organic material such as leaves, small twigs, straw, grass clippings, flowers and houseplants.  Worm bins are best suited for food waste.  You can build your own compost bin or worm bin.  Numerous web sites provide the necessary instructions.  Examples of sites are: Build A Worm Compost Bin and  King County, Washington's How to Build Compost and Worm Bins.

If you prefer you can purchase a compost bin.  The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority suggests you check with your local gardening center or hardware store for information on purchasing locally.

Worm Resources
There are a variety of online resources available to buy worms for composting. 

A local source for worms is:

Mike di Milo, School Program Coordinator
San Luis Obispo County IWMA
(805) 782-8424

StopWaste.org has a selection of vendors and phone numbers to choose from: http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=70&actionview=Go2&actionstep=2&Go2DropDown=org&Mat=WRM

Mulch Mowers
An alternative to bagging grass clippings is to leave the clippings on the lawn as a fertilizer.  If you are thinking about purchasing a new lawn mower, consider buying a self-mulching mower.  These mowers chop grass clippings finely so that they can readily decompose into your lawn.  Mulch mowers are available locally and come in a wide variety of styles and brands.  Mower conversion kits are also available for some brands of mowers. Consult you dealer for details.

Lawn Care Tips

  • Leave your grass clippings on the lawn for a healthier, greener lawn that's more resistant to disease. It is a natural way to fertilize without chemicals. It is much easier than bagging and hauling and saves you money.
  • Lawns are healthiest when mowed at 2 ½-3" high with clippings left on the lawn. Mow about every 5 days. No more than one-third of the grass blade should be cut.
  • Mulching mowers cut the grass into small pieces which break down easily.
  • Retrofit regular mowers with a mulching kit, or any mower can work if grass is cut frequently.
Save our landfills! For an excellent online composting resource,
visit http://www.epa.gov/compost/
 

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