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Keeping Your Garden Clear of Clippings

Gardem ClippingsThe grass often grows so fast at this time of year that it seems like the lawn always needs cutting. A rubbish removals service can take care of the waste for you, but it is also very easy to set up a composting bin to take care of some of your green waste at home.

Rubbish removals services will be essential if you have large amounts of waste in your garden, particularly when it is not biodegradable. One gardener in Uckbridge, who had allowed his property to fill up with junk including rubble, rusting metal and garden waste, found this out the hard way. He was recently fined £200 in court and called the worst gardener in Britain by one of his neighbours, according to the Argus newspaper. However, there are some types of garden waste that you may be able to manage by yourself. If you have a lot of mown grass and other green waste, you might want to consider starting a compost heap or getting a composting bin to turn it into nutritious food for your plants.

A bin will be a neater option, particularly in a small garden, although arranging rubbish removals may be more practical if your space is very limited, since composting is such a long-term project. You can make your own bin with a few planks or some wire netting held up by posts, or buy a ready-made bin at a garden centre. Try to fill the bin with a mix of brown and green plant material, as these contain different levels of nutrients, adding them in layers to get a good mix. Soft prunings, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps and even old tea bags can be added to the pile, but avoid adding any diseased plants, weeds that have gone to seed, or perennial weeds like bindweed. It is better to have these removed from your garden to avoid problems later on. After a few weeks, start turning the material regularly with a garden fork, and keep it moist in summer. You should have some good quality compost within about four months, although it can take up to a year if you skip the turning or conditions are cold. When it is ready, the compost will have a deep, earthy smell and the pile will have shrunk to about half its original size.

 
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