Composting has become an integral part of many households. When someone composts their leftover foods, flowers from a special occasion or any other nutrient-rich source of organic matter, it can be used for soil as fertilizer for growing other foods and plants. When done properly, composting is an incredibly responsible way to dispose of biodegradable kitchen waste.
If you decide to compost in an improper way, however, it could restrict where might be able to dig for any future excavation project you have in mind.
Location of Your Compost
It’s important to consider certain factors when you compost. It’s best to avoid direct sunlight so your organic matter doesn’t completely dry out, but it’s also important to use an area convenient enough that you’ll keep up with composting your foods and plants. Choose a level area with good drainage to avoid standing water. Make sure you don’t put your pile against fences, trees, or wooden buildings because when wood comes in contact with the compost pile, it will decay along with the pile.
As a rule, your pile should be at least three feet across and three feet deep, but no more than five feet across and five feet deep. If it’s too small, the pile may not heat up enough for efficient breakdown, but if it’s too big, it may hold too much water and prevent airflow in the center of the pile.
Avoid Potential Hazards of Composting
When preparing to compost, there are certain precautions you should make a part of your compost routine.
- Wash your hands consistently before and after working with your compost. While this suggestion may seem obvious, many people become so absorbed in their activities that they forget the potential dangers of poisoning when composting.
- You should wear dry, breathable gloves to avoid direct contact with your skin. This will also protect you from injury while using gardening tools.
- Wear protective footwear that adequately protects you from direct contact with compost. Wear these only while composting so as to not track any compost outside of the designated composting area.
- One component of composting is stirring and tilling, which is required on a regular basis in order to process and break down the pile. When stirring and tilling the compost, always wear a dust mask or nose and mouth guard to avoid inhaling any airborne spores.
- Make sure your compost pile is not stored in a fully closed or airtight container. Without any air, the pile may actually become combustible.
- Avoid tilling on windy days, because you could inadvertently mix something that shouldn’t mix with compost, which could be dangerous.
- If you develop a severe cough or skin infection or if you get the compost in an open wound, seek medical attention immediately. You may require antibiotics or a tetanus shot.
Once you take the necessary precautions and choose a solid composting location, your compost pile will be an excellent way to keep your home environmentally safe. And when your home is environmentally safe, you can concentrate on excavating for your next home remodeling project. Remember to call Texas811 before any and every digging project around your home.