Eighty to ninety percent of a plant’s nutrients are found in its leaves. As leaves fall to the ground, they decompose and these nutrients return to the soil. Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to increase soil fertility.
Free Composting Classes
Composting is natural recycling. Put your yard trimmings and kitchen scraps to work by creating nutrient rich homemade compost in your own back yard. For one week out of each month the Environmental Services Department is focusing on backyard composting.
Whether you are just starting to compost or are an experienced home composter, you can learn more about composting with these great resources. For more information, access the Environmental Services blog at www.thewoodlandstownshipblog-environment.com/.
Classes are sponsored by Montgomery County Master Gardener Association and Waste Management.
High quality collapsible C.E. Shepherd compost bins are available for $50 at The Woodlands Township’s Parks, Recreation and Environmental Facility. If purchased from a retailer, these bins sell for $150-$200. Call 281-210-3800 for online payment options.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services Facility, 8203 Millennium Forest. Appointment required. Call 281-210-3800.
Last Saturday in September at The Woodlands Landscaping Solutions event
An undervalued commodity, leaves are an investment for the health of your landscape! Leaves bank 50 to 80 percent of a tree’s nutrients, yielding a treasure trove for plants. Reap the benefits of leaves by recycling nutrients back into the soil in these easy ways.
For Light Leaf Drop: Mow and Leave
Mulching mower works best
Remove bag, close discharge shoot and mow
A light layer shreds easily and decomposes quickly
Improves soil by adding organic matter
Efficient and easy
For Heavy Leaf Fall: Gather for Mulch
Rake or blow leaves and pine needles into beds
Greatly reduces weeds
Conserves soil moisture
Protects plant roots from temperature extremes
Adds nutrients to soil as leaves break down
Collect leaves in a compost bin
Add grass clippings, produce scraps, air and water
In time, the mixture becomes crumbly, rich humus
Use to topdress lawn and garden beds or mix into soil
Improves physical, chemical and microbial properties of soil