Composting 101: What is Composting and Why Should Everyone Do it?

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Many people have negative connotations and thoughts associated with composting- some of these green landscaping in knoxville tninclude: "it smells really bad", "composting is just throwing your trash in the yard", "composting is trashy and not suitable for neighborhood living".

In reality, if done correctly and there is a science to it, composting is not only good for the earth, but it can greatly benefit you, the homeowner, and your yard.  After all, backyard composting is basically accelerating the natural decomposition process.  To fully understand the composting process here is a brief lesson in decomposition.

Anything that was once living will eventually decompose or break down and the individual nutrients will be recycled back into the environment via their respective nutrient cycles.   The law of Conservation of Mass (based on the 1st Law of Thermodynamics) states that matter can not be created nor destroyed, it simply changes form. 

composting green landscaping practicesIn the composting process you are attempting to keep all of the nutrients you have and reuse them for the benefit of your landscaping.  Composting can save you a lot of money since these valuable nutrients that people would pay high dollar for in nurseries and garden supply stores can be supplied to you with very little time investment and items many people just thoughtlessly throw away.

Composting is important because it ensures that there are enough nutrients available to allow for new organism to grow or for the cycle to continue.  Problems can exist in an area if all the nutrients are removed (bagging up lawn waste, etc...) as this could prevent the re growth of new organisms.



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Brenda Carus
Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Composting is a no-brainer - good for the garden, reduces trash load, and so very easy.

May 19, 2009 03:25 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You do have to make sure what you put in the compost is going to "Break" down at a rate that is comprable to all the other stuff in there.  Otherwise it is hard to use later!

May 19, 2009 03:34 PM #2
Lisa Udy
Platinum Real Estate Group - Logan, UT
Logan Utah Realtor

Hi Christine!

I have missed your blog, I bet you have been really busy, anywas welcome back! Funny you should write this post, guess what my husband gave me for mothers day? A compost Grinder!! LoL :) Oh well, I guess we needed one.


May 19, 2009 04:41 PM #3
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Hi Christine~

it's been raining off and on for weeks here...the tomatoes are loving it . TODAY the sun is shining and so I am thinking it's about time to work on  my composting...Your post inspired me...

in fact...I'm going to reBLOG it you say, "...In the composting process you are attempting to keep all of the nutrients you have and reuse them for the benefit of your landscaping...." that sounds like a Plan to me!

May 20, 2009 02:59 AM #4
Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Hi Lisa,

We have been missing in action for the past little bit.  Jennifer's Grandfather passed away unexpectly and she had to go to OK to help her Grandmother and move her to Knoxville- I was left trying to juggle the job of two people so had little extra time.  But thank goodness she and her Grandmother are back in Knoxville safe and sound!

May 20, 2009 10:21 AM #5
Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
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Janeanne, thanks for the reblog- I am honored!  And congrats on your tomaotes...YUMMY!

May 20, 2009 02:52 PM #6
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

In the past I have had composting bins and had to stop because of the small wildlife seemed to be so attracted to it.  The rabbits and possums were there on a regular basis feeding on the scraps of food I was putting into it. I am looking into some type of a more closed barrel or bin but don't want to spend a lot of money, any suggestions?

May 22, 2009 01:47 AM #7
Mike Hogan
The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty - Mechanicsville, VA

Great post as always ladies. I used to have the issue with critters getting into my compost after I dumped scraps- but I learned that I just cover the scraps with a little compost- they stayed away.

Aug 19, 2009 02:33 PM #8

I run a small landscaping company in Birmingham AL. Please Please Please do not use treated lumber for your composting bin! Use rock, stone or other inert material. The chemicals in treated lumber can leach out into the compost and if you use it for any edible plants it can potentially be a contaminant!

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