I had some clients recently who were becoming more aware of their everyday habits and how they were impacting our earth. They decided they would get the whole family involved in starting a compost system. They began the process by adding a container by their kitchen sink and putting compost products in there such as egg shells, coffee grinds, left over fruits and veggies ect… That container would then be emptied into the main compost container on the side of their home. this cycle went on for months until ONE NIGHT…… My clients neighbors called them and said their house and fences were on fire. Everyone was home and got out safely and fast enough to put out the fire that had actually started in the compost. They did not know why the compost set on fire. This bewildered me because I thought they had done the proper research before starting such a system that seems so easy and care free but is really time consuming and hard. A composts main objective is to transform organic materials into a stable usable product. However there are steps that need to be followed in order for the compost system to work. The two main steps are to use a container that is made specifically for composting. They are not as cheap as a plastic bin or trash can but they are made of materials that can handle what is going on in the compost system every time something is added to it or it is turned. It needs air to work so it needs to be turned frequently. If not turned the components will get hot and overheat. Thus causing a fire like the one that transpired at my clients home. So if you are thinking of taking a green approach to your gardening needs, do some research on the methods. It may seem cheap and easy but it really is a costly startup with a lot of work needing to be done in between.
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If you are using a Pest control service make sure they are Eco Friendly. We have pets, babies and our own health to consider when toxic sprays are used to repel insects. If you are noticing ants in your home there are a few household items that can repel the ants before the Eco friendly pest control service arrives The ants do not wait for Pest control they continue to feed. Determine where the ants are entering your home and sprinkle or spray the area with one of the following: Cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, a citric acid, cream of tartar or vinegar. Each one of these items repels the ants in one way or another whether it be by odor or taste.
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