The City is once again providing a yard waste pickup program. I’m thinking of using it this year for the tenacious weeds that keep popping up in our veggie patch. Most of our compostable material goes into one of our three compost systems. The toughest choice comes with tree prunings, this year we have already amassed about twenty of the bundles outlined in the above document, and we haven’t tackled the apples, peaches or magnolia. Some goes to fodder for the rabbits, (we’d need a lot more if we were allowed goats!), some goes into the compost to increase aeration; but the rest is usually burnt. Following burning, the ash is often used to amend some soil, when used in small amounts it can improve the phosphorous and potassium, and raise the pH of acidic soil. Without chipping, the composting process of these branches is really slow and produces a compost that needs to be sieved well prior to adding it to a vegetable garden. So, perhaps this year we’ll try out the pickup service for some of the prunings.
Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.