Composting at home is a great way to reduce landfill waste and your carbon footprint. Applying good quality compost to your garden nourishes healthy soil to grow healthy plants with less fertilizer and saves water by reducing the amount you need to irrigate in the summer. But composting at home has the potential to pollute nearby waterways. Follow these tips to compost at home in a way that protects water quality in your neighborhood.
Consider using wood chips or other low-phosphorus mulches in landscape beds with shrubs, trees, and other perennials. Wood chips slowly feed the soil, enhance soil health, prevent soil compaction, suppress weeds, and help maintain soil moisture. Use your home compost in vegetable and annual garden beds.