It’s November and snow is coming, but it’s not time to give up on gardening. Or Garden Green® compost, especially since we’re open more days at our Yard Waste site. But how, you might ask? We have the answers!
Here are a few ideas for using Garden Green® right before the snow falls:
• Mulching flower beds, trees and shrubs. Spread a 1-3 inch layer over the soil. Come spring, the magical bugs and microbes in your soil will begin working the nutrients down to your plant’s roots.
Meanwhile, the weed-free compost will inhibit weed growth.
• Make your soil happier by working a 2-4 inch layer of compost into the soil. This is an especially nice thing to do for your vegetable gardens so the soil will be ready to go as soon as possible in the spring.
• Fix your lawn. Spread about ½ inches of compost over the grass and rake it in.
• Start a new lawn or fix a bare spot. When you sow grass this time of year, it’s called dormant seeding. The seed will sit on the soil, happy and resting under a layer of snow until the springtime sun makes it sprout. Spread a 1-2 inch layer of compost on the soil and work it in to a depth of about 5-7 inches. Plant the seed.
You can find out more about using Garden Green® here: compost https://wlssd.com/products/garden-green-compost/using-compost/
WLSSD’s Yard Waste hours and prices are here: https://wlssd.com/hours-facilities/
The University of Minnesota Extension has a tip sheet for dormant seeding lawns here: https://extension.umn.edu/lawncare/dormant-seeding