How to Compost Green Waste


Composting green waste, or yard waste such as grass clippings or shrub trimmings, is a way to keep organic matter out of landfills and improve your own garden spaces at the same time. Compost is a mixture of green and brown yard waste with some kitchen waste thrown into the mix. Allowed to decompose, usually over one to two years, compost is a useful addition to both vegetable and flower gardens.

Step 1

Place a 3- to 4-inch layer of brown yard waste, such as leaves, in the bottom of your compost pile or bin. Water the pile until water drains from the bottom.

Step 2

Add 2 to 3 inches of green waste to the pile. This can include grass clippings, shrub cuttings and vegetable peelings. Again, water the pile.

Step 3

Add 2 inches of manure to the pile.

Step 4

Continue to add all forms of waste to the compost bin, adding manure every 4 to 6 inches of green waste. Water the pile after every addition.

Step 5

Stir and turn the bin with a shovel monthly to hasten the decomposition of the compost.

Tips and Warnings

  • It is not advisable to put meat, fat, bones or dairy scraps in your compost bin. These items attract unwanted varmints to your bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost bin
  • Manure
  • Shovel


  • West Virginia University Extension: Composting Yard Waste
  • Colorado State University Extension: Composting Yard Waste
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Composting
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