MINIMISE YOUR GARDEN WASTE
If you have problems dealing with your garden
waste, consider producing less.
Solve the problem by producing less waste in the first place and
reusing or recycling more efficiently the waste that you still have.
choosing different types of plants for your garden:
Make sure the plants you buy are hardy and suitable for your garden
Ė then you wonít have a dead plant to dispose of.
Grow mostly perennial plants that will last for many years.
Choose species that have attractive seed heads so that you can leave
them standing during the autumn and early winter. By the end of the
winter the foliage will have rotted leaving only the stems to
Choose small and low growing shrubs and trees so you donít have lots
to cut back every year.
Grow climbing roses that need little pruning rather hybrid teas that
Compost or recycle almost everything
that comes out of the garden within the garden Ė providing you have
Hereís how to
recycle some of the problem materials:
Spent compost that has already grown a crop in a pot or grobag can
be layered with kitchen waste and compost activator to reintroduce
nutrients and structure. see
Composting in a Bag. Leave he bag/s in a shed or garage to rot
This will also deal with kitchen waste
Use woody prunings as plant supports:
Support unruly herbaceous plants with twiggy branches control
Use straight sticks instead of bamboo canes
Use pliable sticks to weave into sweet pea frames or for low growing
clematis to scramble over.
Use some prunings as kindling or burn in a cheminea
But try to prune appropriate trees and shrubs in the summer when the
twigs are still green and easy to compost or shred.
Use your mower as a shredder to reduce the volume of twiggy stuff.
Awkward and prickly prunings can go in a
dead hedge Ė an
ideal wildlife shelter.
Use grass mowings as a mulch or to make a hotbed.
Try not to produce so many grass clippings in the first place:
Cut the grass twice a week without the grass box on. The tiny amount
of grass you are cutting off will quickly rot back in to the lawn
thereby feeding the grass. (This is a tip from Eddie Seward who has
spent 27 years in charge of the Wimbledon grass courts.)
Because you donít have to empty the grass box this is not much
slower than walking round the garden.
Donít fertilise your lawn Ė if it produces too much grass donít
encourage it to produce even more.
Or leave parts of the lawn to grow long as a wildlife habitat. Strim
and rake off the long growth in the autumn but otherwise leave it
alone. You can add plugs or pots of wild flowers for colour.
Bag autumn leaves and leave behind a shed to gradually turn in to
leafmould which can be used as a mulch or part of a potting mix.
Using your own compost means buying less so having less to dispose
Drown or stew weeds to recycle the fertility they have taken from
Home-made liquid feeds are less likely to encourage soft, sappy
growth that attracts pests and diseases.
But hoeing early in dry weather will mean annual weeds can be left
on the soil.
Use all sorts of garden waste to make a wildlife shelter.
Logs or stones piled up in an undisturbed corner provide hibernation
sites for toads, spiders and beetles
Hollow stems bundled together make insect shelters.
See Composting for
Other seasonal tips you might find useful:
Recycle your Christmas
decorations and use them in the garden.
Composting in the
Warm up your compost
in the spring
Using your compost - make
the most of your composting efforts
Use your compost
Making your own
Dealing with the Autumn Clearing -
shredding and more
Is your compost slimy and smelly?
- solve the problem.
home compost bin in the spring.
Making the most of your compost bin in
Composting in autumn
means dealing with heaps of leaves and piles of prunings
Winter Composting - What to do
when your home compost bin is working too slowly
Solve the problem of a cold, stuck compost bin.
Make your own
liquid feeds from comfrey and nettles
Composting lawn clippings that have been treated with herbicide
Composting in a Bag -
how to get rid of kitchen waste and revive spent compost
compost sawdust, wood shavings and bark
Composting for Wildlife
Minimise your garden