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What You Need to Know About Composting at Home

Composting at home is a way to help the environment. Taking the waste from your home and converting it to compost you can use in your garden is a great way to keep waste out of landfills and to protect the environment. Composting at home keeps the environment cleaner, reduces the amount of waste in our landfills and gives you compost that will help you grow a wonderful garden. These are the benefits of composting at home but there can be problems that you might encounter.

Composting at home is not without its own challenges but if you know what the problem is and what is causing it, you can get over these hurdles and be successful at composting at home. You will need to be able to identify common problems with composting at home. Here are some problems you might encounter.

Ewww! Do you Smell That?
What should you do if your compost starts to smell? The smell could be the result of a lack of air in the compost heap or by too much moisture. If there is not enough air, it is easy enough to fix. You simply stir the pile or turn it. It will improve air flow and get rid of the smell. If excess moisture is the problem, you can just put some more dry material in the compost heap. These are easy solutions to a common problem with composting at home.

Help, There Are Flies Everywhere!
A problem you may have with composting at home is flies or rodents near the compost heap. If this happens, it is because your compost heap contains bones, meat or high fat foods. The way to deal with this problem is by making alterations to what you put in the compost heap. Adding waste from fresh produce to the center of the compost heap can get rid of these pests. If you do add meat, bones or fatty foods to your compost heap, make sure they are buried at least 8" deep in the compost. Another solution is to use worm bins to dispose of these types of food products.

Gross, There are Slugs in My Compost!
When you are composting at home, you may get slugs. You simply have to take the slugs and their eggs out of the compost. Then you may try moving your compost pile to another location. You do not want to keep your compost pile close to a garden or the slugs can make their way there easily. If you keep having slug problems when you are composting at home, try building a barrier to keep the slugs out.

Composting at home can be a great thing for your family but you can run into problems along the way. As long as you know what problems you may have and how to deal with them if they occur, you will be fine. The key is stopping your problems from getting worse by dealing with them right away.


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