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Composting is easy and a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps into a fertile, sweet-smelling soil builder.
Compost helps grow healthier gardens, lawns, trees, and shrubs that need less water, pesticides, and fertilizer too.
Read the Composting at Home Guide (pdf), or start with key tips from the Guide, below. Use compost to beautify your yard!
Choose the composting system that’s right for you, depending on what you want to compost:
Ask your questions, and request a free copy of the Composting guide. Contact the experts at the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 (language interpretation available) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compost Resource List (pdf) - Bin suppliers, where to buy compost, tools, and more.
Composting Questions & Answers (pdf) - Answers to some common questions.
Growing Healthy Soil Guide (pdf) - Has more information on using compost and mulches for a healthy, easy-care yard.
Smart Watering Guide (pdf) - Tells how compost can help conserve water.
Get To Know Your Soil (pdf) - Fact sheet describes common soil problems and solutions.
Ecologically Sound Lawn Care Manual (pdf) - Tells professionals (and interested residents) how to amend soil for lawns (page 28 of that PDF), and how to improve existing lawns by topdressing with compost (page 35).
Tilth Alliance - Offers classes in composting and organic gardening.
Soils for Salmon - Shows building and design professionals how to use compost to reduce storm runoff, protect our watersheds, and grow healthier landscapes.