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Keeping a beautiful yard is one of life’s great pleasures.  There’s nothing quite like looking out with pride to see your yard trimmed and maintained to perfection. But getting it that way takes a lot of work, and it leaves a lot of waste. Grass clippings, brush, tree branches, stumps – what do you do with it all?  

Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with your yard waste.

Turn It Into Something Useful

If you’ve got the time, you can take your organic yard waste and collect it for your compost.  This works especially well if you’ve got a garden. The zero-waste experts at  World Centric recommend a mixture of three parts brown yard waste, like leaves, branches, and grass, to one part green food waste. You’ll get rid of your unwanted waste and make a nutritious fertilizer for your plants, all while saving money!

If you have access to a woodchipper, you can also create a great mulch out of your unwanted waste.  Spreading it around your plants provides insulation, reduces weeds, and helps prevent erosion.  Plus it looks great!

Finally, you can get a lot of great fertilizer out of your grass clippings just by leaving them alone.  The process is call “grass cycling” and it allows the nutrients found in the clippings to return to the earth and be used for new healthy growth.  The only problem is that it takes a few weeks for it to break down.  So if you’re wanting a clean look in your yard, you might need to look at another option.

Burning Your Waste

This is an old trick for getting rid of your brush and yard waste.  Simply light it on fire and let nature take its course.  This used to be a very common way to deal with waste, but concerns about fire hazards and pollution have made it less popular. Still, if it’s legal where you are, this can be a simple solution.  You can help reduce the risks by using your waste as fuel for campfire or kindling for someone with a wood burning stove.  Just make sure you don’t have anything mixed in that isn’t organic or you could cause some real problems!

Hauling Your Yard Waste

Another option is to simply have your yard waste hauled away. Some local trash services will allow you to leave it out on the curb to be picked up. Make sure you call ahead to make sure, though. Sometimes they require an appointment, limit the amount or type of waste included, require special biodegradable trash bags, or simply do not pick up yard waste.  And you’ll have to make sure you have everything bagged and ready to go for them.

If your dump accepts yard waste, you can also take it there yourself. Again, call beforehand to make sure you know what their requirements are and what they take.  They may also have a fee for you to dump your waste there.

The easiest way to get rid of your yard waste is to call a junk removal company.  They’ll come to you and take care of everything. The best part is, they’re fast and efficient. So you can sit back and enjoy your yard looking its best.888-PIK-ITUP offers yard clean up services in the Raleigh area.  We’ll take care of getting rid of everything and making sure it gets to the right place.  And we can clean out any other junk you have while we’re there.  Our professionals will have your property looking great in no time! There’s a reason we’re the best junk removal business around. So call or schedule an appointment online today and see what everyone’s talking about!