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Compost: The Ultimate Organic Lawn Fertilizer

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Don't just throw out those lawn clippings or that organic kitchen trash! By composting the organic refuse from your garden and lawn, you can create natural lawn fertilizer that costs almost nothing and is great for the environment.

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How to Compost

Composting your own organic lawn fertilizer begins with a bin of some sort. The bin can be a ready-made composting bin with all the bells and whistles, or you can make your own with fencing wire, plywood, or even an old garbage can that has been cut down to suit your needs.

Into the compost bin goes the natural refuse from your kitchen, including vegetable scraps, bits of fruit, and other biodegradable items. You can also use leaves, grass clippings, and wood chips. You can even add shredded newspaper and other paper products.

Then let Mother Nature do the work. Millions of microscopic organisms are sure to find your compost bin and start devouring the material. Turn the pile with a pitchfork every few weeks to aerate it and keep those little workers happy. As they work through the scraps and clippings, they turn the refuse into healthy, rich compost that is perfect for working into the soil before you plant flowers or seed the lawn.

Organic Lawn Fertilizer Is Safe and Effective

Remember to never put anything that has been processed or treated with chemicals in your compost pile, as this can compromise the health of your soil. By creating your own fertilizer and spreading it on your lawn in place of harsh chemicals, you avoid the possibility of burning your lawn, contaminating the groundwater, and causing health problems for you and your family. Natural compost is the safe, practical answer for organic lawn care.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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