Load on up: Take advantage of free compost days

Spring is here. If it ever stops raining we will be able to enjoy the flowers, yard work and gardening that comes with it.

To help Bartholomew County residents with their yard work and gardening, the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District is giving away compost with free loading days! The last two Wednesdays of this month, from 8 a.m. to noon June 21 and 28 at 720 S. Mapleton St., any resident can come get a three-yard load of compost and there is no charge for loading.

Why are we loading compost for free the last two Wednesdays in June? We need to make room for the grass and leaves that will be coming to the yard waste site over the summer and fall. All leaves, grass and garden waste are placed into what we call windrows; they are turned at least twice a year until it eventually turns into compost. These windrows take up space. When the compost is a dark brown or black, a crumbly-texture, with a rich earthy smell it is ready to go.

One of the easiest ways to fertilize your soil is by adding compost which releases its nutrients over a one-to-two-year period. Compost is rich hummus that is produced when plants break down back to a type of soil that is often referred to as black gold. By adding a small amount of compost to your garden or flower bed it acts as a natural fertilizer that improves soil aeration, tilth and drainage. A little bit of compost mixed into your garden soil can make a huge difference in your plant life and production. It’s important when preparing your garden to make sure that it has enough nutrients to grow properly.

For more information, visit the district’s website at bcswmd.com, or our Facebook Page by searching for Bartholomew County Solid Waste District.