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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

A lot of people pay to have their yard waste removed. Why? When composting is cheap, safe, easy and environmentally friendly.

Composting is the best way to dispose of yard waste and much of your household waste that usually ends up in the trash and eventually a landfill

Did you know that depending on the state, a typical U.S. household will produce yard waste up to 300 pounds of green trimmings and brush, 200 pounds of leaves, and 1,000 pounds of grass clippings...every year...every household?

Most of that can not only be eliminated but turned into a valuable, money-saving product right in your own back yard.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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TODAY'S THRIFTY TIP: Home Composting

* Composting, nature's own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food waste from your kitchen.

* Composting can be practiced in most backyards in a homemade or manufactured composting bin (some cities do require enclosed bins). If you really want to start simple you can just find a shady corner of your yard and start piling.

* Eventually you're going to want a bin. Homemade bins can be constructed out of scrap wood, chicken wire, snow fencing or even old garbage cans (with holes punched in the sides and bottom).

* Ideally you will want your bin to be about four-to five-feet square and no more than three feet deep, in a shaded area, and someplace where it is convenient to get to with your composting materials and water. You can even dig out a shallow, 6-inch pit to get started.

* Once you have a rich, dark, healthy compost, there are lots of things you can do with it. Plants love compost; after all, good soil is just a mixture of minerals and naturally composted plant and animal matter. Use it as mulch for shrubs, trees and plants, dig it into your garden, or spread it right back onto your lawn as a healthy nutrient additive, and you won't spend a cent on chemical fertilizers.

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