Composting & Mulching Your Garden Debris

The Compost Recipe:

  • Mix one part brown (carbon-rich) to one part green (nitrogen-rich) materials with time, water and air.
  • Compost only “clean green” material that has not been treated with pesticides
  • Make your compost bin rodent resistant to prevent attracting problem creatures
  • Use compost for all your plants, beds, lawns and containers
  • Worm composting is an indoor/outdoor alternative for those who do not have access to a yard
  • Most people who compost spend no more than about 22 minutes a week on this For local information: contact your local garden center or regional district compost hotline.


Mulching is the addition of a layer of organic or inorganic material over top of the soil. It is one of the best ways to conserve water and save time since you don’t have to water as often. Mulches reduce erosion and discourage weeds.Organic mulches improve soil condition and include: wood/bark chips, grass clippings, compost, chipped yard waste. Spread them in a thin layer to allow them to decompose.

Inorganic mulches include rocks or landscape fabric (never plastic).