Disposing of Yard Waste

Disposing of yard waste in a proper manner is important to avoid local fines, disgusting odors, and an infestation in your yard. Yard waste bags can be purchases at any home improvement store and even in many supermarkets as well. But, you should have a plan for what to do with the bags before you accrue several bags of yard waste with nowhere to go.

Just Burn It

You may think the simplest solution is to gather the yard waste in a bin or a pile and set it on fire. However, there are several cautions that come with this method and you lose out on compost for your growing vegetable garden. You should first check with your local county to make sure that burning is allowed. If it is not allowed your small fire could result in some fairly hefty fines.

If you are permitted to burn your yard waste always check to make sure that there is not a current burn ban in effect before you light up. If the weather has been particularly dry, your local officials may put a burn ban in effect to prevent forest or wild fires from starting. If you are caught burning your yard waste during a burn ban you could also be slapped with a hefty fine.

Once you have done your due diligence and made sure that you are permitted to burn your yard waste it is important that you take certain precautions for this project. Do not start the fire too close to you or your neighbors houses as flying sparks could start a house fire. Also, avoid any trees or small buildings like a garage or a shed. And, have a water source like a garden hose ready nearby should the blaze get out of control. And, it is probably best that you only burn within a fire safe control like a metal barrel.

Haul it Away

If burning is not an option for you, then you can always have it hauled away. Your local waste removal company may take yard waste. Some garbage companies have a seasonal fee to remove yard waste and others charge per bag. Talk to your garbage company to see if this is a viable option for you. You may even check with your city or county to see if there is an upcoming yard waste removal day where they will come by for pick up.

Build a Compost

Another option is to build a compost in your yard. This does not mean you just throw it all in a corner of your yard and let it take care of itself. Instead a compost is intentional where waste, fertilizers, and top soiled are layered to speed up the decomposition of the yard waste. You can use a bin to act as your compost or you can make a heap compost pile. A bin can be made of wood, mesh, or even snow fence.

Once again, before you begin a compost check your local laws to make sure it is permitted so that you are in compliance. If they do allow composts, make sure you understand any specific regulations they may have as well. If they require you to do a compost bin instead of a pile, follow the specifications carefully. Disposing of yard waste by making a compost bin takes time and effort as you need to maintain it as the waste continues to decompose. If you will have children in the area, it is a good idea to go with a bin and make sure they know it is off limits.

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