Composting – What it is and Why we do it

CompostingWe know that “home” is a full third of the name of our business, but home extends far beyond the structure that we concept and build for you to live in. The Australian Heritage Homes team continues to ensure that the landscaping around your house is equally as important. We take inspiration from everywhere – from past customers, current customers, the Internet and our competitors in the industry. And then, we share it right here on our blog.

The first step is obviously designing your landscape. You may be a huge fan of a certain type of look or feel or have no idea where to start. We’ve got your back either way. But once your landscaping is in place, the work is not over. We’ve talked previously here about the different steps that you need to take to maintain your vision. Today, we’re focusing on one in particular… composting. Read on for more information:

At its root (pun intended), compost is organic matter that has been broken down. It may include waste products (or, as recent years have shown, an abundance of other materials) and is the soil equivalent of hair conditioner.

Just like hair conditioner helps the hair grow strong, clean and beautiful, compost contains a tonne of nutrients that do the same thing for the soil in your yard. It does amazing things for your land, fertilizing it with humic acids. It also acts as a natural pesticide. Let’s dive into these. Humic acids are organic compounds that are the major organic fraction of peat, soil and coal. You’ll see these as a big part of many upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. Pesticides are substances with one sole mission – control pests like weeds. Examples include: molluscicides, piscicides, herbicides, insecticides, nematicides, insect repellents, animal repellents, antimicrobials, and fungicides.

So, how do you make it? Well, you basically combine wet organic matter (leaves, grass, and food scraps). These materials breakdown over a number of months, with the help of water, air, and materials that are rich in nitrogen as well as proper aeration. Bonus points if fungi, detritovores and earthworms join the bunch.

We mentioned that are unique materials that are joining the bunch as of late. These include coffee grounds and eggshells as the most popular, but composting encourages creativity. Think of it as a good way to be as sustainable as possible and seek out the food-related items that you would have otherwise thrown away. They can instead give back to your gardening scheme.

You may think this is just an extra step that you need to add to your routine, but we promise, it’s one of the easiest. Add it to your soil whenever you plant something and you’ll begin to see stronger and healthier plants in no time.

Questions about the process? It’s just one of dozens of topics that we can help with answers to. Send us an email or call us up. We look forward to hearing from you!