1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 26, 2008

:331 Mulch Trees & Shrubs

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:331 EcoTip: Adding home-made mulch around your trees and shrubs and to your garden is a good way to reduce your contribution to the landfill while adding nutrients to the soil and helping to insulate the roots from winter damage from the cold. 

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Instead of raking up leaves I run the lawn mower over the leaf covered yard. This picks up the leaves and chews them to bits at the same time   – making mulch. Then I can add the mulch back where I please.

In our community – we put our yard wastes out separately for curbside pick-up. The trimmings are turned into compost and are available free for members of the community to use as mulch. If you don’t have enough mulch from your yard to satisfy your needs – check to see if your community has a similar program.

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March 22, 2008

:082 Community Yard Waste

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:082 Tip: Even if you mulch mow, you will probably have some form of yard wastes that should go in the compost pile. Many communities have yard waste recycling programs that turn grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials from your yard into composted mulch – which is frequently available to residents at low or no cost.

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Turning your own yard wastes into compost is the best for the environment, but a quick reality check is that most people will never make their own compost. For this reason community yard waste recycling programs are going to be best for the environment.

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March 21, 2008

:081 Compost Organic Waste

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:081 Tip: Turning your yard wastes and food scraps into compost reduces landfill disposal and makes great fertilizer.

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There is a wide variety of information about composting available on the Internet.

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Compost. Composting creates an organic, slow-release fertilizer that improves soil fertility and physical condition. You can make compost by collecting crop residues, animal manure, unmarketable and unsold harvested produce, and organic waste found around the farm and home. Yard waste (fallen leaves, cut grass or pruned twigs and branches) or some food wastes (egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings) are also good ingredients. Layer all these materials in a pile, add water, and turn once or twice a week. After a storm or hurricane, even more yard waste is available to be composted. Source: University of Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service

If you want a lot more details – check out http://www.compostguide.com/

A number of composters are evaluated and available at http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/composter_landing.html

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