The Q&A Archives: Composting

Question: My neighbor supplied with lawn clippings for composting.<br>They did not decompose at all. His lawn is treated by a <br>commercial lawn care company. Could this be the problem? I'm using a tumbler composter. Other hints for composting would be appreciated.<br><br>

Answer: First of all, I'd be wary of using grass clippings that have been treated with chemical insecticides and fungicides. I don't know if that is why the clippings haven't decomposed, but I would suggest you stay away from treated grass in your compost pile, especially if you plan to use the compost on a vegetable garden. Here are a few tips to help your composting:<br><br>In order to work, compost need a few things. Think of them as "colors" of ingredients. You need "Brown"-likedirt, decomposed leaves, ashes, etc.<br>Then you need "Green" - like that grass you were talking about. It could be any fresh vegetable matter.<br>Lastly you need WATER. The composting material should be somewhat moist. Not drippy wet..but moist. <br>You need to have air as well, but your tumbler should probvide that. Hopefully, that mini-course in composting should help!

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