Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Composting, LandscapExpert Style

The Compost Poem
(Sung to the tune of “The Worms Crawl In, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout . . .”)
 The green goes in, rhe brown does too;
This is something we all should do.
Just give it a spin. just give it a toss.
Show your garden waste who is boss. 
-by Lynn Anne, from Doug Green’s Blog

Did you know Crabapple recycles more than 2,000 cubic yards of green waste per year? 

Whether during routine service or specially scheduled renovations, Crabapple LandscapExperts often remove quantities of brush, clippings, leaves, fallen branches, spent mulch and weeds. Although this cleanup process makes clients’ properties orderly and neat in appearance, it also results in a large volume of green waste.

While other companies might haul this waste to a landfill, your LandscapExperts have put in place recycling program that demonstrates our commitment to the environment.

All landscape green waste (organic matter) is trucked back to Crabapple facilities where it is separated for size, shredded and ground, then screened. It is either used in the production of energy, or naturally composted to produce organic mulch and rich organic compost.

Afterward, this nutrient-filled organic mulch is recycled in landscapes across metro-Atlanta, conserving moisture, maintaining even soil temperatures, offering a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers, increasing beneficial micro-organisms that help to ward off plant diseases in the soil, and providing a unifying visual element in these landscapes. 

Further composting results in rich, black humus that is recycled during soil prep and enriches flower beds, added to Crabapple's  beautiful containers, window boxes and hanging baskets, or used to top dress areas planted with flower bulbs. This all-purpose soil amendment is the “complete multivitamin” for plants, adding nutrients, trace elements as well as humic acids that improve the soil structure and create good tilth. 

Crabapple LandscapExperts carefully make the best compost going, and we use it in the landscapes under our care! 

Photo Credit, Humus: University of Florida

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