With all the talk about composting and the posts telling you simply have to do it, here are four simple reasons that all that chatter has some real reasoning behind it.
Rejuvenate Leached Soil Areas
If you’ve ever tried to plant shrubs, veggies or flowers in an area of your yard and they simply always die, no matter the variety, there’s a good chance you’ve reached a portion of soil that has been leached of the nutrients normally found in soil. In lieu of leaving a section of your yard barren of green and color, apply some compost to the area and water in to kick-start the nutrient production for the area. The composting process enhances the production of bacteria and fungi that break down local organic material to make humus. It is this humus that drives up the nutrient level of the soil and helps it to retain moisture in case of drought.
Reverse Soil Contamination
Suppose you are rebuilding a home that has a fire. While it may take a while to return the soil to its original state, compost can help make the area livable faster by absorbing odors and treating the VOC’s, volatile organic compounds, that may have seeped into the ground during the blaze. Compost can also prevent these compounds from traveling to local plant life or water resources if it is applied quickly enough to the area.
Not only does compost reduce the waste production of any region that employs the practice for food and yard waste, it also prevents the production of methane and leachate in landfills. Compost also protects the integrity of our waterways by acting as a barrier for pollutants entry into storm drain runoffs.
Save Some Green
The cost of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to maintain an average sized yard can be in the hundreds of dollars each year. Add that to the water bill accumulated by watering grass, trees, gardens and plants and you’re talking up to $500-$600 a year for the same yard.
Compost replaces the store-bough, chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides and helps with water retention. Less water needed and you use your food and yard scraps to feed and pest-proof you yard. It’s simple math, really.