This is what to do with garden waste when you are clearing up or clearing out your garden. Throughout the year, there are often times when you might have some garden waste to dispose of or recycle. From times that you create a new garden bed or a new seating area to removing old decking or patios to general weeding, there are always garden projects that may create waste. But it’s what you do with that waste that counts.
The top of the list has to be composting. Producing your own compost is the best and cheapest way to replenish your garden. You could make some wooden compost bins from old pallets and compost a lot of your green and brown waste from your garden. Compost can consist of grass clippings, leaves, plants, annual weeds, cardboard, twigs and even your tea bags from your garden cup of tea.
Reusing wooden items
Many used wooden garden items can be reused in various ways. Logs can be piled up in a corner which will help to attract wildlife to your garden and increase biodiversity, or be made into a path, edge garden borders or used in a fire pit. Old fence panels can be made into raised beds, compost bins, insect hotels and even shelves in your shed.
Selling paving slabs
If you are removing an area such as an old patio and have a lot of paving slabs, why not sell them to someone else who will collect and reuse them? If you have no need for them, they can even be donated to a local community project. Otherwise, they can be used for new garden pathways or even broken up and used as crazy paving along with some shingles.
Along with compost, if you have a lot of leaves, why not rake them up and store them in bags to make your own leaf mulch? Leaves are nature's way of replenishing the soil, and if you make your own mulch, this can be used as a soil improver and to mulch around your garden plants.
Waste disposal services
If you do have a lot of waste and no way to reuse it, check for your yard waste day, which here in Winnipeg is the same day as your recycle and garbage pickup, on alternate weeks.
There is always a way to deal with garden waste in the most environmentally friendly way you can. For advice, please visit us in store.