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You can make compost in as little as four to six weeks with a compost tumbler. The secret is in the sauce.

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Tips for Adding Material to a Compost Tumbler

• Collect a variety of organic waste materials from your yard and garden.

• Be sure to include a mix of both nitrogen (green) and carbon (brown) ingredients for good balance.

• Do not add products that have been treated with chemical fertilizers or pest control products.

• If you have bulky items, such as corn cobs, melon rinds, or shrub clippings, shred before composting.

3/20/2018 2:36:25 PM

Pine needles do not contain chemicals that are going to kill anything. The southern states use pine needles as mulch because they are plentiful there. Any tree will be negatively affected if you pile any type of mulch too high around the trunk. It allows insects to burrow under the bark and can kill the tree. It also keeps the bark damp and in the dark which can lead to fungus and mold. Mulch is good but not up against the trunk of the tree.

3/19/2018 12:05:03 PM

don't use pine needles, but if you want to kill a tree then pile them around the foot of the tree and it will die because they don't break down and they have a chemical in it that won't even let anything to grow with it. Just look under a pine tree there is nothing growing under it.

3/19/2018 12:05:02 PM

pine needles you should not use they don't break down fast and they are good if you want to kill a tree just pile them around the foot of it and it will die

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