Ever Thought about Backyard Composting?

Visit the Fort Worth Compost Outpost to learn how to start and improve backyard composting:

The Compost Outpost is located at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden adjacent to the Backyard Vegetable Garden, 3398 Rock Springs Road, Fort Worth

Free admission and parking
General composting information: fortworthtexas.gov/compostoutpost

Rethinking waste towards a greener Fort Worth includes composting!

All organics including food and yard trimmings can be composted, however not all organics should be composted in your backyard.   Suitable items for backyard composting are yard trimmings - including leaves and grass, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and egg shells.

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A Homeowner's Guide to Composting


We can get involved as a community

Here is one solution to our water shortage.   Use more mulch around plants and in your garden.   Mulch slows the evaporation of water and discourages the growth of undesirable plants.   The least expensive mulch is compost.   Compost can help control erosion and condition the soil.   You can make your own compost or we can do it as a community.   An added bonus is that we will not be filling our landfill garbage dumps with leaves and grass clippings.   I have had a compost bin in my backyard for many years.   If done correctly, it does not have a bad odor or attract pests of any kind.

Anytime is a great time to put those grass clippings and leaves to work.   Here in Texas the Live Oak leaves come down in the spring, the other trees shed their leaves in the fall.   From Spring to Fall you are mowing the grass.   Don't let our trash collectors haul away this good, natural material.   There are several web sites that explain the process of composting in great detail.  

Environmental BULLETIN: GI-36
TNRCC Environmental Information Line 1-800-64-TEXAS

What is mulch?

Mulch is a material that is used to protect the soil or inhibit weed growth by covering the ground.   Good mulches, including wood chips, leaves, grass clippings, and compost, can benefit your lawn and garden by preventing erosion, suppressing weeds, retaining soil moisture, moderating soil temperatures, and adding nutrients as they break down slowly.

How to use mulch

What is compost?

Compost forms when you mix things like leaves, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, and used tea bags and the mixture breaks down.   It eventually forms humus, which you can use to build your soil.   Compost has many of the nutrients that plants need.   It can be used as a mulch or mixed into the soil.

How to use your compost

Composting basics

Materials to avoid


Compost variations

Containers. Compost piles can be kept in a bin to help retain moisture and heat, keep out pests, and keep your yard tidy.   Containers can be made with lumber, pallets, concrete blocks, wire fencing, or other materials.   See "(Containing compost: Building a Bin or Box for Your Backyard Compost," (TNRCC Pub. No GI-50) for simple instructions.

Worm composting Redworms (also called "red-wigglers") and brown-nose worms can be used to compost food scraps and paper, even in an apartment.   Worm composting is the best way to compost paper.   The TNRCC's environmental bulletin, "Worm Composting" (Pub. No. GI-219), explains how to compost with worms.

Burying problem materials Smelly food scraps and insect infested garden plants can be mixed with soil and buried at least 8 inches deep in unused garden space.   If the material stays moist, it will compost within a year without producing an odor or spreading diseases or pests.

Additional information

Explore Earthworm Composting

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