Here's the dirt on backyard composting
You can save money and reduce runoff from chemical fertilizers and pesticides by turning your grass clippings, leaves and food scraps into compost to nourish your flower beds, garden and lawn.
In nature, microorganisms break down (decompose) dead plants and animals. We can show you how to set up and maintain a simple backyard system that harnesses that naturally-occurring cycle to make compost, a dark-colored, sweet-smelling, nutrient-rich, soil-like material.
Among its many benefits, compost:
DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling offers composting workshops, printed materials and assistance through its Smart Gardener Program.
We also publish the "South Carolina Smart Gardener Handbook" that tells you about:
Learn more about composting in South Carolina.
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This page was last updated on December 4, 2012.