The end of summer and beginning of fall is an important time for homeowners to maintain and prepare their property before winter sets in. Cleaning up garden beds and preparing for the next spring before the cold weather sets in can be a great investment that will yield a healthy garden next May. Applying compost is one of the best ways to increase the health of your garden.
Compost feeds bacteria and other soil microorganisms that are beneficial for roots when they start to grow next spring. It is also helpful for retaining moisture, and fending off plant diseases. Adding a layer of compost can also insulate your garden from the cold for longer and improve the nutrient availability.
The-end-of-summer compost giveaway takes place one day only on September 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Halton’s waste management site. Click here to view a map.
What should you bring?
- - Containers: The best way is to bring blue boxes but yard waste bags, garbage bags, a pickup truck, or trailer works too.
- - Shovels: residents are responsible for the shoveling and bagging their own compost.
- - Non-perishable food items: Halton also holds a food drive at the compost giveaway to help support local food banks. Residents are encouraged to donate non perishable food items or cash when picking up compost.
Residents can also purchase a backyard composter from the Halton waste management site for $15 each. Then you’ll be able to make high quality compost at your own home from food and yard waste.
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