Concordia Seminary's grounds people have made a concerted effort the past few years to have nothing in the landscape hauled away in yard waste dumpsters. Instead, leaves, fallen trees, vegetable scraps from the kitchen, grass clippings, dirt taken out for building purposes, all get piled up together to form compost piles. As the piles get bigger, the contents get turned periodically with a bobcat to combine the mix and release the heat generated as the natural matter breaks down. Within half a year or so, the pile is a perfect mountain of rich gardens ready to be placed in flower or vegetable beds.
Here's a look at how the compost piles look today.
This pile on the left is finished, the soil is fryable, meaning loose and fine. We'll probably lay some of this material on the campus planting beds after the growing season is over and everything pulled out.
Other small piles are just beginning, you can see each individual piece of plant material at this point. But by using a variety of things, the break down goes quite quickly.
What's so great is nothing leaves the campus except cut up wood from trees which come down. Lots of that is taken by people who want it for fireplaces. Oak tree trunks are turned into lumber and Fontbonne's art and sculpture department has a lot of our Bass wood from trees which came down. The wood from these trees are prized by wood artists.
It's very satisfying to see how all this can be reused.