#2: "Leave It On The Lawn, Kingston!" COMPOSTING LANDSCAPE WASTE

The City of Kingston and The Kingston Land Trust’s Garden Committee asks the citizens of Kingston to re-think disposing of their landscape waste this season.

Lend a hand to help Kingston help itself, and the ”Leave it on the Lawn, Kingston!” program has been designed to do just that.

What a ‘waste’ to discard landscape ‘waste’!  When broken down, the materials created, known as ‘black gold’, is the best stuff you’ll ever find for your gardens and lawns….and it’s FREE!

There are many different types of composters available for sale, or you can make your own.

Here’s why you might consider composting your landscape waste, and here’s how:

* Although Kingston traditionally dumps it’s landscape waste and leaves (bagged or not) near the cemetary on W. O’Reilly Street, in some municipalities landscape waste accounts for 20% of the waste stream going into our landfills. That’s a lot of unnecessary stuff – costing us all a lot in tax dollars and in space in our overextended landfills with unnecessary material.

* Composting creates an organic matter all gardeners refer to as “Black Gold”. It’s such an important point to make, that we’re doing so a second time!

* The organic mixture is prized for being fibrous while improving both the water infiltration and the moisture holding capacity of your soil. In other words, it can really help to avoid run off!

STEP ONE: For your supplies, consider a shop local to Herzog's to pick up fencing wire and stakes.  You'll need wire cutters and a hammer, too.

STEP ONE: For your supplies, consider to "shop local" at Kingston's Herzog's to pick up fencing wire and stakes. You'll need wire cutters and a hammer, too.

STEP TWO:  Find a good location in your yard and start placing your stakes in the ground.

STEP TWO: Find a good location in your yard and start placing your stakes in the ground.

STEP THREE:  Create the shape of your composter. Here, we used four stakes to make a square. But feel free to use as many as you'd like. Up to six makes a good single composter for city homes.

STEP THREE: Create the shape of your composter. Here, we used four stakes to make a square. But feel free to use as many as you'd like. Up to six makes a good single composter for city homes.

STEP FOUR: Fencing comes in a roll, so wrap the amount needed around the stakes that you secured into the ground.

STEP FOUR: Fencing comes in a roll, so wrap the amount needed around the stakes that you secured into the ground.

STEP FIVE: There are metal pegs on the stakes. Be sure to secure your fencing on each of them.

STEP FIVE: There are metal pegs on the stakes. Be sure to secure your fencing on each of them.

STEP SIX: When your fencing is wrapped and secured, with wire cutters trim the compost fencing away from the roll.

STEP SIX: When your fencing is wrapped and secured, with wire cutters trim the compost fencing away from the roll.

STEP SEVEN: Once cut, wrap the excess wire to close your composter. It's important that you are able to get inside when it's time to take the good composted materials from the bottom, so secure it in a place where you can get at it later on.

STEP SEVEN: Once cut, wrap the excess wire to close your composter. It's important that you are able to get inside when it's time to take the good composted materials from the bottom, so secure it in a place where you can get at it later on.

VOILA! Add your yard waste, and you are on your way. Remember, that the smaller the pieces the faster you will make good composted materials.  For bigger properties, try building several yard waste composters to avoid having to cart it around. Good luck!

VOILA! Add your landscape waste, and you are on your way. Remember, that the smaller the pieces the faster you will make good composted materials. For bigger properties, try building several landscape waste composters to avoid having to cart it around. Good luck!

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