Properly Dispose of Yard Wastes

Robert J. Souvestre  |  7/20/2011 1:48:09 AM

Ten styles of composting, from a simple compost pile to an elaborate compost turner, are displayed at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center with signs detailing ease of construction, advantages and cost.

Recycling lawnmowers, compost bins, blower vacuums and plastic bags all have one thing in common – they prevent grass clippings and tree leaves from being discarded into the street in front of businesses, residences and governmental buildings.

When lawns are cut it is best to use a recycling lawnmower. The blade will cut the grass blades into small pieces and return them to the lawn where they decompose and fertilize the turf. If this is not possible or practical, then collect clippings and place into a compost pile or compost bin. Composting will reduce the volume and turn the organic matter into a useable soil additive.

Tree leaves can be mulched directly under the tree eliminating the need for any labor. This landscape practice will benefit tree growth by conserving soil moisture, impeding weed growth, reducing soil compaction, and providing nutrition for the tree. They can be vacuumed or raked and added as a mulch to flower beds and vegetable gardens or they can be composted.

As a last resort, collect and bag yard debris for placement on the curb on designated trash days. This is the least favorable practice since disposed yard wastes end up in the sanitary landfill, which is a costly alternative.

Visit the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, to see various compost bins displayed for your convenience. The area is immediately behind the All-America Selections Display Garden located on the right side 200 yards from the front entrance.
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