Composting is a safe, natural and convenient way to convert leaves, grass clippings and vegetable scraps into valuable organic matter (called compost). When spread in the garden, compost improves soil aeration, water retention, root penetration and provides valuable nutrients to plants.
Howard County’s Bureau of Environmental Services Composting webpage is a great place to learn:
- How to compost at home
- How residents can pick up a free backyard compost bin (while supplies last)
- How to purchase HoCoGro Compost – made here in Howard County!
- When and where the Master Gardener Composting Demonstrations are taking place
- How to become involved in the Master Gardener Rake and Take program
Howard County also has an extensive residential curbside yard trim collection program, and a pilot ‘Feed the Green Bin’ food composting program is underway in certain parts of the County. Details about the programs are at HowardCountyMD.gov/YardTrim and FeedTheGreenBin.org.