You have worked in your garden all weekend and made it look picture perfect. But there is a small problem you did not foresee – the waste.
Keeping a garden clean can result in a surprising amount of waste and garbage. Dry leaves, twigs, clippings look unsightly, and you have to get rid of them as soon as possible to keep your yard neat and clean.
An average garden can produce several cubic yards of waste every month. In some seasons, such as the fall, this is more than usual.
How do you manage it? Granted that dry leaves and small branches do not weigh much, they occupy a lot of space. You have to dispose of them as soon as possible.
We share a few ideas to dispose of your garden waste safely and effectively.
Essential Tips to Dispose of Garden Waste
Make a compost heap
Compost is decayed organic matter. It is caused due to microorganisms converting waste into fertilizer.
If you have enough space, you could make your own composting heap. Otherwise, a large trash bin is suitable.
It is very useful because it is nature’s own way of recycling. The decay of one organism provides the raw material for others to flourish.
What can be composted?
- Lawn mowing clippings
- Plant clippings
- Vegetable peelings from your kitchen
Take care that you never add any cooked food, especially meat, to the compost heap. It will attract vermins and scavengers and create a bigger problem for your garden.
Accumulate it in layers. Every time you have a foot thick layer, cover it with fresh soil. Once the bin is full, cover it and keep it that way for several months. The bacteria in the earth acts slowly and transforms the organic matter into compost.
From time to time, mix the compost by moving a pitchfork through it. This churning adds oxygen to the soil and improves the composting process.
The moisture level also has to be monitored. It should neither be dry nor squelchy like mud.
Benefits of composting
- In the end, you have excellent fertilizer free of cost. The best part of composting is you never have to pay extra for fertilizer anymore, and you are sure that you have employed the most eco-friendly solution.
- You contribute to the welfare of the planet by reducing the use of chemical fertilizer. If it is possible to do composting on a reasonable scale, you would easily produce a whole year’s worth of manure from three months of clippings.
- Compost mixed soil prevents groundwater pollution. This is one of the biggest problems facing the developed world. Chemical fertilizers tend to leach into groundwater due to rainfall and contaminate it. It is carcinogenic and dangerous for human health.
Carry it to the landfill
Do this only if your local municipality allows you to dump garden waste in landfill sites. You should check their website for rules and regulations.
Usually, most tips have a specific area where you could unload your organic waste. What you can carry there includes leaves, twigs, clippings, and grass.
Of course, you have to ensure that you transport it perfectly in large trash bags that do not perforate and spew trash on the streets.
After you have unloaded the waste, dispose of the trash bags as mandated by your city council. Since most of these bags are very hardy, you could probably use one several times and stow it away out of sight in your garage’s corner.
Call in a waste management specialist
This is perhaps the best possible way. It requires no effort on your part other than making a phone call.
Advantages of calling disposal services
- The services are very affordable. Waste disposal experts such as JunkBunk offer extremely competitive quotes for garden waste removal.
- You have to make no effort at all. There is no running around in the sun all day getting worked up and scratched by twigs, no dirty boots to clean, no sweaty clothes to wash. If you have described the task well enough, you need not even be at home.
- You do not have to make a trip to a suitable landfill that accepts your waste. Moreover, such a trip takes time and effort. An entire day is wasted, hauling the trash and unloading it.
- You are sure that the waste has been taken care of by experts. Garden waste disposal companies adhere to the highest environmental safety standards. They participate in large scale operations and have an idea about disposing of any waste safely and securely.
What Not to Do With Garden Waste
Do not burn garden waste. Plant-based waste is, after all, a type of hydrocarbon. It produces a lot of carbon dioxide and smoke. If you burn trash, you are contributing to climate change and global warming.
The planet is under threat; our very existence is under threat. The last thing that any conscientious citizen should do is add to the crisis.
Your neighbors might not feel comfortable with the fact that you have gifted them with a bout of asthma. For seniors and children, smoke is even more hazardous. The smoke can drift for several hundred yards and stay suspended for several hours. Moreover, the smell of burnt wood is not pleasant.
Whatever you do, never resort to the old fashioned way of raking leaves from your lawn and setting fire to them after a few days.
Yes, it is free and quick but makes you an irresponsible member of your community.
All of us have a responsibility to the community we live in and to humanity as a whole.
The world is now facing an unprecedented crisis that keeps growing. It is not only the lives of our grandchildren that are at risk but that of our species.
We all cannot be heroes or be a celebrity climate activist who speaks at the UN with world leaders.
But we can surely do our bit by dispensing off with the waste from our garage in a way that does not add to the world’s problems.
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Dinesh Kumar VM
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