Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Topdressing Your Lawn & Mulching Your Plants

Fall Tips - for the fall gardening season, you should plan to topdress your yard with BioFine compost and mulch your plants with SoilBuilder compost from Deschutes Recycling. Compost is an essential ingredient to winterizing your lawn and garden and will help your plants come back healthy and strong after the winter.

Mulching for winter: Around the time your perennials are dying back for winter and the ground is freezing, you should mulch around your plants with a few inches of SoilBuilder. The dark compost will help insulate the roots and attract sunlight in the spring helping the soil warm a little more quickly, while releasing nutrients for your awakening plants. You will also have moisture-holding mulch in place for the coming heat of summer. For excellent, ready-to-plant soil, till 2-3 inches of compost into beds you will plant the following spring or summer.

Topdressing the lawn: Apply a thin layer (¼ to ½ inch) of BioFine compost to your lawn in the fall and again in the spring to help build up a good supply of organic matter and nutrients for the next growing season. If you haven’t done this yet, you will be amazed at what topdressing does for your lawn! In addition to helping your grass grow stronger and greener, it reduces thatch, makes turf more drought-resistant and saves water by helping soil hold moisture. It also helps bare spots fill in, helps lawns fight fungal diseases, reduces your need for fertilizers and keeps fertilizers from washing away.

Pick up your compost today at Deschutes Recycling, located at Knott Landfill, or call for convenient delivery at 541-388-1910. Deschutes Recycling is open Monday – Saturday (closed Sundays), 7:00am – 4:30pm.

Monday, September 13, 2010

FREE Tire Recycling Event

On Saturday, September 18th from 7:00am - 4:30pm, residents can bring old snow tires and balding retreads to Knott Landfill for recycling.

Knott Landfill is located at 61050 SE 27th Street in Bend.

Limit of 12 tires per load. If you have more than 12 tires, please contact the Solid Waste office at 541-317-3163.

Tires can be on or off the rim but please keep them separated. Only tires with rim size up to 24 1/2" will be accepted. No heavy equipment tires, retailers or fleet tires.