Walking Mountains Sustainability Tip: 3 uses of compost
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Walking Mountains Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/recycle to learn more about how to properly dispose of waste in Eagle County. Walking Mountains is a member of the Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County community.
Did you know that the U.S. military uses compost at more than 30 munitions sites across the country to remediate munitions-contaminated soils?
You too can reap the benefits of adding compost to your soil. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, by using compost at home you can improve plant health, increase water retention and help remove harmful substances from the soil and prevent them from entering local waterways. Do your part to help recreate our Earth’s natural cycle.
Three Tips For How You Can Use Compost at Home:
Compost can be easily applied as mulch directly to the surface of established landscapes to aid trees, shrubs and other plants. If you do not have your own home compost source, then you can always purchase compost from a commercial compost facility such as Vail Honeywagon.
Compost can also be used as a soil amendment. It can be incorporated into the soil for new plantings such as creating garden beds, to re-establish vegetation in disturbed areas and as backfill for excavated areas.
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Compost also makes excellent potting soil for indoor planting. As always with incorporating compost into established soil, research the ratio of compost to soil for what you are planting and how often you should be adding compost to your soil.