Take Care of Texas releases video—how to compost

Release Date
Mon, June 22 2015
Summer is a great time to start
Andrea Morrow

Summer is here, and Texans have already seen rising temperatures. Warmer, drier weather can be hard on your garden and backyard, but composting is a great way to not only nourish your soil but reduce waste and save a little money.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Take Care of Texas program presents the video "How to Start Composting in Your Own Backyard." Travis County Master Gardener Patricia Mokry demonstrates a number of simple ways you can begin or improve your backyard compost pile.

What is compost?

  • Compost forms when you mix together things like leaves, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and used tea bags. When combined with heat and water, the mixture breaks down into a nutrient-rich material that can enrich your soil.

Why compost?

  • Save money - a healthy garden needs less water and fertilizer and you won’t need lawn and leaf bags.
  • Save time - no more bagging cut grass or leaves. And applying less fertilizer and water means you’ll have more time to enjoy your yard.
  • Take Care of Texas - you’ll extend the life of landfills, conserve water, and reduce water pollution from fertilizer run off.

Take Care of Texas has a handy guide on mulching and composting for download.

For more tips to keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste, visit TakeCareOfTexas.org. While you’re there, pledge to Take Care of Texas, and we’ll say thanks by mailing you a free Texas State Park Guide.


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