February 11

Composting: Is It Really Good For Your Yard?



We live in a world where everyone is trying to do something that is just a little bit better for the people near us – and we hope that extends to the planet around you as well. Composting was a trendy activity that many households did years ago, but it fell out of favor in the last 40 years or so. Nonetheless, thanks to a rekindled, revitalized, enlivened, restored consideration for the environment, more and more people are interested in composting in yards again.

This is fantastic news. For anyone who knows anything about dumping grounds, it is pretty apparent that they aren’t doing us any good and we ought to do all that we can to prevent filling them with any more stuff, even if that stuff will at some point rot away. Composting is a wonderful way to not only help save the world, but it can effectively help to make your yard look much better.

Need a handful of reasons to compost? Let’s take a look at the conveniences:

5. Reduces landfill waste

Debris dumped in nature.
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  • Less waste to throw away
  • Purer air surrounding garbage dumps
  • Helps keep garbage costs low

Less land fill waste is one of the biggest reasons to compost your tree and shrub debris. In fact, it is a fantastic way to minimize some of your kitchen waste as well. Landfills are more than unappealing – they can minimize the market value of homes in a neighborhood , hurt the air that you breathe, and can even be dangerous over a prolonged period of time.

Just recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released a review suggesting that up to one-fourth of all junkyard waste could have been thrown into the compost piles in a backyard – isn’t that an incredible number? You could be turning over a quarter of that hefty trash you carry onto the street into dirt that keeps your gardens look lovely.

4. Promotes biodiversity

Young people farming.
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  • Healthier yards for everyone
  • Better for growing fruit trees
  • Brings new species into your yard

If you are showing an interest in having a yard that is in good shape and attractive, you want to create more biodiversity in it. Everything needs to work in perfect synchronicity in order for your yard to be its best, from the birds and the work to the microorganisms, trees, and soil. When you use composted soil, you have more vitamins and mineral to better support everything in your yard.

When you start with great soil, the flowers are far healthier which means the animals eat better, which means your backyards will flourish, and you will be much healthier. According to the National Geographic Society, “With less biodiversity, these connections weaken and sometimes break, harming all the species in the ecosystem,” which might be why your garden sometimes looks run-through.

3. Decreases total greenhouse emissions

Kitchen waste compost.
Credit: Kim
  • Generates the air far better to breathe
  • Keeps your other flowers healthier
  • Lowers methane levels

When many people think about methane, they tend to think about the old standby: cow gas. However, cows aren’t the only reason we have warming gases in our air. They also come from organic material that goes into our landfills. Will the composting pile in your yard also produce methane? Yes, but they don’t do it nearly as much if they are efficiently composted in minute quantities.

According to Scientific American, in just two decades, “In those short decades, methane warms the planet by 86 times as much as CO2, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

Composting will lower that total amount quite a bit – and if everybody composted, we would see a great decrease, enough to produce long lasting change.

2.  Creation of aggregates

High quality soil.
Credit: European Environmental Agency
  • Better for gardens
  • Makes it simpler to garden
  • Helps support root systems

Love to garden? There is a lot to be stated for applying composted soil when you garden. While the nutrients and the cost-efficiency are no brainers, there is something else that helps with gardening – aggregates.

According to Soil Quality, “Changes in aggregate stability may serve as early indicators of recovery or degradation of soils. Aggregate stability is an indicator of organic matter content, biological activity, and nutrient cycling in soil. ”

Compost activates soil particle clusters, making the soil healthier and simpler to work with for the most part. This is due to the amount of air pockets between individual soil structures – you get tunnels. This allows the soil to better hold air, nutrition, and moisture, meaning you have to do less work to keep your plants vivacious. Even better, it makes the soil easier to dig and shift.

1. Discourages garden insects

Pest on a tree.
Credit: Barnard Spragg
  • Decreases toxic runoff
  • Micronutrients act as organic pesticide
  • Better for health of delicate plants

If you have a lot of plants and trees in your grounds, you know that you have to be cautious about any pesticides that you use. If you have pets or young children, you know that you virtually don’t want to use pesticides at all. That is why so many people are now composting – because the micronutrients you find in the soil from composting actually wards off pests.

To get these perks, Gardening Know How suggests using a contained composting system.

Even better, you won’t have to use those chemicals that can hurt the other living things in your yard – your relatives, your pets, your gardens, and even the bodies of water in and around your yard.

As a bonus, here are a few more good benefits of composting if you are interested in learning more.

Give us a call today and we will help you to determine whether or not composting is a good idea for your yard. Even better, we will work with you when removing parts of your trees or completely cutting down trees so that you have all of the raw material that you need for a composting pile. Our team works extremely hard to care about the environment and give back – and we encourage everyone to compost if they can.

Have any questions? We are happy to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out today at 1 (317) 661-4240 and we will set up a free consultation with you for tree care and can talk to you about composting.

Header photo courtesy of various brennemans on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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