The byproducts of mowing, pruning, weeding and other basic yard and lawn care create a pile of waste, but you frequently can’t toss the yard waste away. Adding it to the normal waste stream takes up valuable space in landfills. Rather, place those leaves, weeds, grass clippings and invading to use in your own yard.

Waste Collection

Some cities provide another waste collection option only for yard waste, along with regular trash pickup. Specially designed large, sturdy paper bags are sometimes utilized to gather the yard waste. Other situations each container similar to a trashcan is an option for yard debris. The city or waste collection agency turns the collected materials into compost. You’ll need to pay for this support, but the trash collection company handles all the disposal function for you.

Compost Pile

A compost pile in your yard allows you to create your own garden additive to provide plants with nutrients. Most infection- and also insect-free plants are suitable for the compost pile. Seed-bearing weeds should not enter the bin, because they could cause weed growth where you use the finished compost. A compost pile requires a balance of both brown and green materials. Examples of green substances from outside include grass clippings, weeds without seeds and other plants which are still green. Brown yard waste substances include dead leaves, dead plants, pine needles, straw and little parts of twigs and wood.

Grass Recycling

Your grass clippings add nutrients back into your yard even if you don’t need to use a compost pile. Instead of bagging and disposing of the grass when you mow, let the grass clippings remain on the yard. This disposal process works best if you have a mulching mower which chops up the grass into little pieces. You also need a regular mowing pattern to efficiently use grass recycling. If you wait too long, the clippings will prevent sunlight in the developing grass. Mowing when the grass is moist creates clumps on the lawn.


Some yard waste functions as a natural mulch material for gardens and landscaped areas. Little parts of natural substances work best as mulch. Mowing over fall leaves is a simple method to chop them into bits for mulching. Pine needles also function as a mulching material, but they raise the acidity of the soil, so that they work best near acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendron.

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