1. Yard trimmings and food scraps make up 30% or more of the waste stream. Composting your kitchen food scraps and yard trimmings helps divert that waste from the landfill, waterways and water treatment facilities.
2. Healthy plants from healthy soil look better, produce better and have a much greater ability to fight off pests and diseases reducing your need for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
3. Adding organic materials to the soil improves moisture retention.
4. Adding decomposed organic material to the soil feeds beneficial organisms.
5. Compost amends both sandy and clay soils.
6. Compost provides a balanced, slow–release source of nutrients that helps the soil hold nutrients long enough for plants to use them.
7. Composting saves money–you avoid the cost of buying soil conditioners, bagged manure etc.
8. Feeding your plants well will improve your own diet. Plants grown in depleted soils have a reduced nutrient content.
9. Home composting is a valuable tool in educating children about nature and the cycle of life.
10. Soil from compost just looks better!