Leaf Season Composting

first_imgLeaf season conjures up cooler days and aching muscles. But it doesn’t have to meanmountains of trash. Think of leaves as free mulch.”Why pay for pine straw when leaf mulch is free?” said Wayne McLaurin, ahorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”When the leaves fall, the easiest way to deal with them is to run over them withyour lawn mower,” he said. “Collect them in the bagger. Then place the ground-upleaves around your shrubbery, about three inches deep. The leaves will break down overtime and produce compost.”When your plants all have a leafy blanket tucked in around their toes, turn the rest ofyour leaves into a rich soil amendment by composting.”All backyard composting techniques use the natural activity of bacteria, fungiand other soil organisms,” McLaurin said. “This decomposes organic materials andreturns them to the soil. Compost is essential to healthy gardens and landscapes.”Gardeners have been composting in backyards for generations. But myths persist thatit’s unsanitary or hard to do.”Nothing could be further from the truth,” McLaurin said.”Backyard composting can be the most economical and environmental way to manageorganic materials from the landscape,” he said. “It’s not the solution fordiverting all household organic waste. But composting much organic material at home justmakes sense.”McLaurin ticks off six benefits of backyard composting: 6. Create markets for recycled materials. Once people learn the benefits of usingcompost in their gardens, they will also buy commercial compost.”Composting at home raises awareness of recycling and waste-reduction efforts,too,” McLaurin said. “It’s a great way to start people thinking about what’s intheir garbage. It’s a hands-on introduction to recycling processes.”Once people learn to deal with the organic part of their garbage,” he said,”they get active in other waste reduction and recycling activities.”To learn more about composting, call your county Extension Service agent. 2. Save money. Every pound of organic material composted at home is a pound thatwon’t have to be processed in a central composting facility. That saves the communitymoney.Residents who compost can save money on disposal, too. They also get a free soilamendment. And improving the health of their gardens trims maintenance costs.One survey showed that backyard composting programs cost an average of $12 per ton.That compares to $32 per ton for disposal, plus collection costs. Even centralizedcomposting costs $26 per ton, plus collection costs. 5. Build community pride. Many people feel helpless in the face of environmentaland social problems. Through backyard composting, they can contribute in a positive way.center_img 3. Improve soil and plant health and conserve water. Compost improves any soil. Itmakes soils better able to absorb and retain moisture. It cuts runoff, erosion andirrigation needs. It supplies and stores nutrients so plants need less fertilizer. And added fertilizerstays in the soil instead of running off into streams, lakes or oceans.”Plants seem to grow better with compost,” McLaurin said.4. Prevent harmful effects of leaf-burning. Burning leaves produces largeamounts of carbon monoxide and tiny particles. These particles may irritate some peopleand cause health problems. Composting is much healthier than leaf-burning. 1. Divert organic materials from landfill. More than 30 percent of current homepickup can be diverted from landfills by backyard composting. Keeping these materials athome prolongs the life of landfills. That protects the environment.last_img read more

Frye-sponsored bill to help Vets signed into law

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation into law sponsored by Republican state representative from Greensburg Randy Frye that will require the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue permanent parking placards for Hoosier veterans with disabilities.Under this law, Hoosier veterans with disabilities will also be able to use this removable placard in vehicles other than their own. If veterans in Indiana qualify for the disabled veteran license plate, the BMV will issue a permanent parking placard upon request.“This is a simple benefit we wanted to provide to our Hoosier veterans with disabilities,” Frye said. “This will remove the need for veterans to frequently renew disabled parking permits and replaces it with an easily obtained lifetime placard veterans can carry and use from vehicle to vehicle.”last_img read more

Chelsea Place 5m Euros Price Tag on Omeruo

first_imgChelsea valuation of Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo is five million Euros, but Turkish club Kasimpasa could not come up with such cash after the player’s loan spell there last season.Omeruo, 22, made 25 appearances for Istanbul club Kasimpasa as they finished seventh last season, but they could not afford the option to make the player’s transfer a permanent one.AfricanFootball.com learnt that Omeruo cost Chelsea about 600,000 Euros, when he signed for them in 2011 from Sunshine Stars. However, he has not made his debut for the London club, who have instead skipped him out on loan to several other clubs including Dutch club ADO Den Haag and Kasimpasa.He will now feature for another Turkish club, Besiktas, also on loan in the coming season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more