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Compost screens help create a greener planet, One home at a time

Updated on February 3, 2011

Compost screens can help you keep your garden tidy and green by taking out undecomposed organic and inorganic materials.

Years of lobbying and awareness campaigns by environmental groups has made the masses as well as the governments, responsive to the value of going green. Among so many other initiatives that can make the cities and suburbs Greener, one of them is composting. For homeowners, compost screens are as valuable as shovel and grass.

Compost screens perform a valuable function in keeping the environment green. Composting should be performed in order for the soil to be more fertile, ready and more responsive for gardening. It is an artificial man made process that hastens natures own biological process of reducing waste organic material into reusable compost. Compost screens are an easy to make or readily available tool in hardware stores that can ease the process of composting.

Any type of compost Screens can be easily built at home with a wire mesh, a supporting structure, and something that can hold both of them together. The question you should ask is that if you can just throw all the kitchen waste, shredded paper and other green and brown stuff together and let it decompose then why would you need to compost with compost screens?

The answer is that you want your compost to be as clean and uniform as possible and take out all the stuff that is not decomposed, so that it decomposes with ease and gives your garden a clean feel and healthy plants. The only way for you to completely get rid of rocks, twigs, large leaves, or anything that could hinder or slow down the process of decomposing can be taken out with compost screens leaving you with great looking dirt and a smile on your face.

Once you have the compost screen, just pour in some dirt, the green stuff and the brown stuff on it and let it do its work. When you buy the wire mesh for compost screens, you need to know how fine or clean do you want your compost to be. Ideally go for a wire that is ½ inch or an inch wide. That would give you great looking compost and a green looking garden.

If you want to refine your design of the compost screens, you can create a stand that would fix on top of the wheel barrow and act as rails for the compost screens tray. That way you can save your back without the need to lift up the heavy compost filled tray and just use the side to side motion on rails to sift.

Composting requires 4 things to complete, besides the Mother Nature’s help. These are Nitrogen, Carbon, water and Air. Once the compost has been made, sift it with compost screen and allow it to sit in sun and the only catalyst it will need now is water and let the Mother Nature run its course. The green material (fresh grass, fresh leaves and kitchen waste) produces Nitrogen, while Brown Material (dried leaves, dried grass, straw, plant trimmings and shredded paper) produce Carbon. Air, water and sunshine then combine to start decomposing this material and it continues for about a year until the material turns into Hummus.

It is estimated that Americans throw away four pounds or so of waste every day. almost 1/4th of that waste is in the form of food and yard waste. Organic material can be easily reused to produce compost for your garden saving you money on buying fertilizer. The organic waste that ends up in the landfills does not get decomposed in the land fill and creates dangerous methane gas and Leachate (garbage juice), but it does decompose in your garden with the help of compost screens, shovel and your will to make the planet green. 


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