IMPORTANT: Garden waste collections have been suspended until further notice. So customers do not lose out financially, those who have already paid for their 2020-21 collections will have their service extended for 12 months from the restart of collections. For more on garden waste collections, visit: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/garden-waste-collections/ Make the most of garden waste, keep it out of your rubbish bin and check your options to grow your own Compost Turn your garden waste into compost, transforming your unwanted garden waste, vegetable peelings and non-cooked kitchen waste into a free, nutritious material that puts the goodness back into your garden. If you home compost you could: Save money – good compost can make excellent soil conditioner; saving time, money and effort Improve your environment – the more you compost the less you send to landfill Improve your garden – compost puts nutrition back into the soil, improving your garden or allotment You do not even need a compost bin to make compost. You can compost in situ to add nutrients directly back to your soil in compost trenches or pits. Check out this video from Royal Horticultural Society – making compost. Inspire younger gardeners with Composting for kids with Peppa Pig or with Science Spark’s making a home-made wormery so your children can watch the worms in action. A compost bin works well if you put in a mixture of organic materials, balancing the green (nitrogen-rich) with the brown (carbon-rich) and using garden waste, suitable foods – from veg peelings to apple cores, coffee grounds to tea leaves – and other materials, from herbivore animal manure to wood ash, torn card to wool. For practical advice on setting up and using compost bins, as well as the answers to some frequency asked questions, please visit the Recycle Now home composting pages or the Royal Horticultural Society website. Making your own compost at home is one of the best ways to manage your garden waste. It adds nutrients to the soil and improves the soil structure. You do not need a special bin or a large area and you can start a compost heap anywhere in your garden. Leave your lawn If you can, reduce how often you mow the lawn. Let the grass grow for a while to create a mini meadow in your garden, which small creatures will love. Wildflowers already in your lawn will grab their opportunity to bloom and the longer grass will create a sheltered environment for insects, encouraging more birds to visit. Why your should give your mower a rest: https://bit.ly/2QEYPaA PS: If you have a mulching mower, make the switch to put the cuttings straight back as you cut. Do more with mulch Mulch is a layer of material, such as grass cuttings, which helps to retain moisture in the soil, improving soil fertility and health as well as reducing weed growth. Why mulch? 20 reasons: https://bit.ly/3bmnmZH Easy edibles Switch from mowing to growing so you need less shopping trips. Great ideas here: https://www.giveitagrow.info/easy-edibles And April advice from the Royal Horticultural Society: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/april If you are cutting back trees and bushes, use the branches as supports for other plants. PS: Please be a considerate neighbour and avoid garden bonfires if possible.