Earth-Friendly Composting

Autumn is a perfect time to begin composting. A variety of materials may be used for composting, including leaves, grass, weeds, and kitchen scraps. Composting provides a useful and environmentally conscious alternative to bagging up your leaves and sending them away as waste.

Preparing Your Compost Bin

Buy a composter or make your own composting bin. Build a composting bin with stakes and mesh wire or snow fencing. Visit the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) Healthy Lawns and Gardens page for more details.

Composting Guidelines
Follow these guidelines suggested by SOCWA:
  1. Start with a layer of organic materials such as shredded leaves and grass clippings.
  2. Water the layer until it is as moist as a wrung-out sponge.
  3. Add a 2 - 3 inch layer of garden soil or compost mix.
  4. Continue layering, watering, and mixing as you go.
  5. Every 2 - 3 weeks, mix the compost material to add air for microorganisms.
  6. Check to make sure that the composting mixture is moist.
  7. In 5 - 6 months, harvest the finished compost!