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Turn over a new leaf: Give composting a try

With fallen leaves everywhere this time of year, it may be tempting to bag or burn them, but composting is a better way to handle them, says Aaron Hiday, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) statewide composting coordinator. This reduces carbon in the atmosphere and helps nourish soil, he says.

Leaves in compost bin. Photo courtesy of EGLE staffer Kent Walters.

Leaves in a compost bin.

 

Composting produces what gardeners call “black gold," a nutrient-rich soil supplement that holds moisture and will help your garden grow.

Setting up a compost bin is easy. It can be easily constructed using pallets, blocks, or similar material. Or it can be purchased ready to go.

Once the bin is set up, it’s ready for leaves and other organic material. Soon, with a little effort, you’ll have a valuable product for your yard or garden.

Want to learn more? Check out EGLE’s compost webpage, and watch this EnviroMinute video that explains composting and offers tips.