Composting and Mulching: A Guide to Managing Organic Yard Wastes

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10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Booklet
Abstract: 

With the ban on outdoor burning and with laws which prohibit the dumping of leaves and grass clippings into landfills, composting and mulching have become attractive alternatives for managing yard waste and recycling natural materials. This 7-page booklet discusses requirements for efficient composting; materials suitable for composting; composting structures (including drawings of each type); locating the compost pile; preparing and maintaining the compost pile; municipal composting as an alternative to home composting; using compost as a soil amendment, a component in potting soils and a mulch; eliminating the need to compost grass clippings through proper lawn management.

Author: 
Carl J. Rosen, Nancy Schumacher, Robert Mugaas, Thomas R. Halbach
Topic Areas: 
Horticulture
Compost
Waste Management
Landscape
Target Audience: 
Consumers
Producer / Landowner
Government
Teachers
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Enhancements / Connections: 

Plans for building five types of composting bins are included in the Minnesota Extension Service fact sheet "Structures for Backyard Composting."

Pages/Length: 
7 pages
Date Produced/Published: 
1990
Fee: 
Yes
Cost: 
$2.00 + S&H
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

MES Distr Ctr (order@dc.extension.umn.edu, 612/625-6281). Credit cards: 800/876-8636, 612/624-4900.

Organization code of item (if any): 
FO-3296-SEEK
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