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Facts About Composting
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     challenging words:    commercially-made, tends, grounds, contents, lawns, mainly, benefits, means, works, layer, daily, fertilizer, yards, background, improve, deal


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Facts About Composting
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Summer means lawns to mow. Fall means it's time to rake falling leaves. What happens to those piles of grass and leaves? Most are thrown away in landfills. Is there a better way to deal with them? Yes! They can be composted.
 
2     Using just a small corner of your yard, you can make your own compost. Leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen food wastes can be turned into fertilizer for your own plants. There are many ways to compost, and you can choose which one works best for you.
 
3     The most common style of composting is the open pile. Begin with a layer of straw or twigs on bare ground. Add layers of compost materials, such as leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen food scraps. This may be the easiest pile to build, but it has some disadvantages. One is that the pile tends to spread out and can look messy. The other is that bits and pieces of leaves and grass can blow around. You may choose to cover the pile with plastic.

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