Entries by Lynn Lucas

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Lab test lingo: How much is 1 PPM?

Lab test lingo:  How much is 1 PPM? Test results — compost analytical reports included — often convey constituent concentrations in parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/L).  Both state the fraction of the tested substance found per one million units of gas, liquid, or solid. But what does that really mean?  Is […]

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FAQ: Do I have to rake fall leaves?

FAQ: Do I have to rake fall leaves? Nature drops fall leaves for a reason, and it’s not to give sightseers an excuse to tour the countryside.  Those red, yellow, and gold gems will eventually decay to help fertilize the soil for the coming season.   So, no, leaf raking is not a necessity.  Know, however, […]

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FAQ: Is fall a good time to use compost?

FAQ: Is fall a good time to use compost? Most definitely, yes.  In fact, some believe the fall season is the best time to add compost to lawns and gardens.  For grassy areas, sprinkle a little over the surface and rake in.  For planting beds, add compost and work into the top layer of soil.  […]

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FAQ: How does compost protect drinking water?

FAQ: How does compost protect drinking water? Primary sources of drinking water include wells, lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.  Compost will protect drinking water sources by breaking down pollutants and reducing erosion/siltation in runoff.  Microbial activity and absorption of rainfall energy are among the mechanisms at work. Soil microbes break down many chemicals — like petroleum […]

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Estimating volumes for composting

Estimating organic waste volumes for composting  Imagine you’re the facilities manager for a large commercial building or institution, staring at a row of overflowing carts or roll-off boxes sidled up to the wall in the alley or back parking lot.  They’re filled with crumpled paper, reams of old reports, food leftovers, used coffee pods, an avalanche of plastic bottles […]

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Global warming — Earth’s ‘carb’ overload 

Global warming — Earth’s ‘carb’ overload  Whether the basis for climate change is over-reliance on fossil fuels, loss of jungle canopy, too many chemical fertilizers, a natural phenomenon, all of the above, or none of the above – the fact remains that global temperatures are showing an upward trend.   Some claim the climb is caused by industrialization.   Others disagree and […]

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FAQ: How do I sterilize soil?

FAQ: How do I sterilize soil? When making your own potting soil from native soil or trucked in topsoil, it’s a good idea to sterilize that dirt to kill things like weed seeds and diseases before mixing with compost and other ingredients.  Large swaths of ground can be treated in-situ (in place) using plastic and […]

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Good compost starts with a good recipe 

Good compost starts with a good recipe  Whether making a small batch or a big one, following basic instructions will get composting done right.  While baking relies on an external heat source to trigger a myriad of chemical reactions, and composting generates heat as a result of biological activity, both processes have a great deal in common – including the end result.  Whether baking cupcakes or making compost, a quality […]

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What is composting and how does it work?

What is composting and how does it work?  Composting is the managed degradation of plant and animal matter under aerobic (with air) conditions.  The process mimics natural decay in a controlled environment to speed up the breakdown of these organics. Composting results in a safe and easy-to-use soil amendment — compost. Insects and bacteria are examples of the […]

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We can build a composting facility for you

Yes, we can build a composting facility for you Do you want to build a composting facility?  Are you — A private waste management company hauling 35,000 tons or more of biodegradable waste annually and paying more than the U.S. average tipping fee to dispose of that waste at a landfill,  WTE facility, or incinerator? […]