Be Watershed Friendly with Compost

By National Gardening Association Editors


This three-section compost bin was built on a Saturday afternoon by two hobby gardeners. The compost in the background is ready to spread when it warms up.
Image credit: Lake Champlain International

One way to increase the amount of rain water absorbed by lawns and gardens is to keep the plants in them growing strong. More plants and less bare soil means less water pollution runoff. A great way to do this is by spreading compost in new and existing gardens and on lawns. Compost encourages healthy soil life and provides the nutrients plants need with less risk of those nutrients draining away with the next rain storm, as often happens with traditional fertilizers. This spring, why not try building your own compost pile? Check out these easy instructions for making your own supply of "black gold" for the garden.

From our friends at Lake Champlain International, the water quality experts. More tips at

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