Community Education on Environment and Development

Composting & Soils

Unlike the air we breathe or the water we drink, soil is often overlooked as an essential element in a balanced, sustainable environment. But healthy soil is critical for good air and water quality and the health of our lawns and gardens. In the Pacific Northwest, the top layer of soil is thin. And in many yards, construction and years of neglect have removed any trace of healthy soil, leaving only poor soil behind. Learn below how you can improve your soil and how composting can restore soil to make plants grow and yards healthy.

Soil Building

Human activities as diverse as constructing homes and overusing fertilizers and pesticides affect the ground beneath our feet – the soil. Regular use of pesticides and fertilizers take a toll on soil because these actions can suffocate essential soil life.

Did you know that:


Compost is a natural organic material that is produced when leaves, plant residue, grass clippings and other yard waste break down over time.
Organic materials decompose in nature to feed soil and make it healthy. You can imitate nature in your own yard by composting your yard waste and kitchen waste. Compost is used as a soil amendment rather than a fertilizer because its nutrients become available slowly.

The benefits of Composting

Copyright: King County Solid Waste Division

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