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Tidy up the Yard: Treat Yourself to a New Compost Tumbler

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Composting is a good thing--the compost pile in the corner of your yard may not be such a good thing. The compost pile can be smelly and draw flies and your neighbors may complain about the eyesore factor, and you may not be conscientious about turning it regularly. A state-of-the-art compost tumbler may be the answer.

Compost is the best way to give your lawn and beds the vital nutrients they need to grow thick and lush. It certainly beats commercial fertilizers. The problem with compost is that it isn't very attractive and it requires turning every so often to keep it from molding and sliming. The perfect answer is a compost tumbler that holds compost and turns it with a cranking handle.
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Compost tumblers: Additional Benefits

  • Attractive. Most compost tumblers are attractive containers that blend well with your property. They're typically made of high quality treated plastic that resists breaking and corroding.
  • Pest Resistant. Because the compost tumbler is such a tough container, it resists attacks from raccoons, squirrels, rats, and dogs, which eliminates any mess on your lawn.
  • Encased Compost. In hot weather, the compost stays damp longer and doesn't dry out. In wet weather, the compost doesn't get too soggy and gamey smells stay locked up tight.
  • Easy Operation. Working a compost tumbler is easy. Simply turn the side-mounted crank on the chassis of the unit and turn your compost effortlessly. Frequent turning allows your compost to develop properly.
  • Quick Compost. A compost tumbler yields a more powerful batch of fertilizer more quickly because you don't need to take hours manually raking and flipping the compost pile.

Compost tumblers come in a variety of sizes, models, and prices. A trip to your local home and garden center will provide a variety of choices. Make a new compost tumbler part of your lawn care arsenal and take some of the work and tedium out of your green thumb efforts.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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