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Composting

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Kirkbride Lawn Care, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Kirkbride Lawn Care

    Kirkbride Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I have been doing my research on composting leaves and using them for flower beds in the spring. I was trying to figure out how to make a potential profit off of this by selling by the bag, scoop, or if anyone has had luck with this?
     
  2. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    I'm with you... I'm looking into that also but only by the bag. Hit me up with a PM
     
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,581

    Way tooo much trouble for what is worth. We probably got at least 10 large companies that does it in this area. If you look at their operations and then ask how could I ever compete with them.
     
  4. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,997

    It takes a lot of time to break down a large pile. I had about a 80 yard pile I was experimenting with but the county health department nixed my experiment. If you have enough land that you can hide you pile from view it's fun to experiment. It interesting how the microbial activity heats up the pile to as much as 180 F.
     
  5. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    It is is real fun to watch them catch themselves on fire and all the FD can do is let them burn. A nursery near my house decomposes all of their stuff, and that happened one evening. It was still burning at 8 the next morning. The FD was there just keeping an eye on it. Apparently it was a good news story bc three of the local news crews were there.
     
  6. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,370

    You aren't going to get compost out of leave's by themselve's. You need an equal (or more) amount of organic material.
     
  7. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,997

    It's important to keep your piles moist so there are no potential fire issues. Here a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdeZFoxAUuUto to a huge compost fire we had 75 miles south of where I live. I think it took several months to get the fire out and it polluted the ground water with all the runoff.
     
  8. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 411

    be care-full. Not only do they smell but bacteria can become a problem. If your looking to handle a lot of compost get trained.

    I always wanted to compost my grass clippings which would be a 3-4 bushels a week. That's as far as I would take it.

    turning the compost correctly is the trick. Making sure your temp is right.
    I hear two parts dry (leaves)and one part wet(grass clippings).
     
  9. ArenaLandscaping

    ArenaLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

  10. Kirkbride Lawn Care

    Kirkbride Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for all the responses! I just was experimenting to see if it was even worth my time and it sounds more like a pain in the rear than anything. Maybe I will just do it for my own personal use than trying to take it to the commercial level.
     

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