6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of Plant Remnants


| 3/8/2018 9:54:00 AM


Tags: Composting, Mulch, Garden Maintenance, Lawn Care, Katie Kuchta,

If you’re an avid gardener or simply enjoy maintaining a neat and tidy lawn, you, without a doubt, have wondered what to do with plant remnants once you’ve clipped or trimmed them. While leaving these remnants on your lawn to rot may seem tempting, it can be detrimental in that decomposing plants produce mold and fungus, which can make you sick.

Luckily, there are countless other eco-friendly ways to dispose of plant remnants, so that you can help the planet while keeping your lawn looking fresh and tidy.

basket of plant remnants
Photo by Adobe Stock/prophoto24

1. Compost It

Composting is one of the easiest, and most ecologically friendly, ways to improve your soil and to dispose of old plant pieces. You don’t need any special equipment or building in which to place your plant remnants. Just make sure your compost pile is a decent space away from the house–it can start to smell if you add in other organic matter, such as kitchen waste.

Compile all of your discarded leaves, grass clippings, or plants. Make sure the pile is not too big, as you’ll need to be able to turn it with a rake or pitch fork. Keep the pile moist and turn it with the fork every few weeks to allow air to permeate through the mix. It should be broken down and ready to use as garden or potting soil within just a few months



2. Mulch It

You can use whole plant pieces, pine needles, leaves, or grass clippings as mulch if you need to, but a better way to dispose of plant pieces is to break them down into fine, uniform shavings by using the mulching setting on your mower. Mulch like this is great to use in flower beds or around trees.

Polli
3/9/2018 10:21:07 AM

I like the picture! Never thought to use a laundry basket to collect weeds, then let it sit in the basket and mix up over time!! The basket is low enough so I dont have to raise my arm every time I have enough weeds to throw away! Thanks!!








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