Backyard Composting

What You Need

  • Shovel or How
  • Water
  • Shade
  • Green Material: grass, fruit and vegetables,etc.
  • Brown Material: dead leaves, cardboard, small wood chips

Identify a Location

  • Decide if you want an open pile or a bin
  • Find a convenient location with well-drained soil
  • Avoid placing the pile against wooden structures because the compost will contribute to wood rot
Compost Pilevsbin

Do Not Put In Compost

  • Pet Waste
  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Grease


  • Add Material; green and brown material in layers
  • Add Water; Keep your compost moist but not wet.
  • Aerate compost; use a shovel or hoe to turn your compost every  2 - 4 weeks
When the compost is dark and the food scraps are gone, your compost is ready to use! Add it to your lawn, garden and indoor plants!