With spring in full swing, homeowners and property owners are out in the yard mowing the lawn and trimming shrubs and trees. A natural result of all this work is yard waste: grass clippings, twigs, branches, uprooted weeds, trimmings, and more. If you have got a small yard, then you can probably fit that yard waste in a single, large trash bag and carry on with your day. What if your front yard and backyard are spacious? In this case, you have to find a way to get rid of that yard waste more efficiently. The Junk Tycoons are here to help.
Our first recommendation is to reduce the amount of waste. Sounds pretty obvious, right? How do you do this though? Well, by redefining "yard waste."
A great portion, if not all, of yard waste is organic matter like grass clippings, uprooted weeds, trimmings, and twigs. This "waste" is actually valuable and can be used to sustain your plants, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. From now on, we will give the name "Greens" to grass clippings, flowers, leaves, fruits, and vegetable scraps. "Browns" will refer to twigs, dead leaves, cardboard, and sawdust.
What do you do with these Greens and Browns? Turn them into compost and mulch! Let’s start with mulching.
The Greens and especially the Browns can be used as free mulch around flower beds and gardens. This will smother weeds (eliminating future yard waste), regulate soil temperature and moisture, and enrich the soil. Spread a thin layer at the base of your plants, flowers, and shrubs.
Select a dry, shaded spot near a water source and install a compost pile or bin. You will mix equal amounts of Browns to Greens and bury fruit and vegetable waste under about 10 inches of the mixture. Moisten dry materials and the pile as a whole, then cover the top with a tarp to keep it moist. Over time, the material at the bottom will become dark and rich in color. This is compost, and it is amazing for gardening! The process usually takes between two months to two years.
If your compost bin or compost pile is getting too large, then it might be time for an extra layer of action.
First, let’s start with "grasscycling." This means leaving grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. However, you do not want to smother the grass. Therefore, you should never trim more than a third of the grass at a time.
If this is still insufficient, then you might want to consider installing stone walls, firepits, a wooden deck, and other similar structures to reduce the square footage of grass. This should add a striking and visually stimulating element to your yard as well.
If your property is still drowning in yard waste, then there is no other option than waste removal. You do not have to load up your truck and drive to a landfill though. You can call The Junk Tycoons to schedule a junk removal. We can have a vehicle dispatched to your location and take that yard waste off your hands!