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Compost Giveaway

April 2, 2011 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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2011 Spring Compost Giveaway

Gardeners and yard enthusiasts who participate in the City of Wichita Falls Curbside Recycling Program can receive a FREE load of compost at the Wichita Falls Organics Facility during the Sanitation Department’s Spring Compost Giveaway.

The compost will be loaded for participants with a limit of one pickup truck or 4×8 trailer load per person.

Participants must provide a City of Wichita Falls water bill showing the $3.00 recycling program charge.

All loads must be covered. This is a state law. Sanitation employees are required to see the participants cover material before loading the compost.

No dump trucks, commercial vehicles or over-sized trailers will be loaded.

For commercial operation compost purchases please contact the Wichita Falls Sanitation Department at 761-7977.

Directions to the landfill are: take Seymour Highway Southwest toward Seymour to Highway 258, located at the Kamay “Y,” proceed West on Highway 258 toward Kamay approximately one mile to Wiley Road and turn right (North) travel two miles and you will see the entrance to the landfill.

Uses for compost
Compost contains nutrients, but is not a substitute for fertilizers.  Compost holds nutrients in the soil where all plants can use them, loosens and aerates clay soils, and retains water in sandy soils.

As a soil amendment:
Mix two to five inches of compost into vegetable and flower gardens each year before planting.

As a potting mixture:
Add one part compost to two parts commercial potting soil, or make your own mixture by using equal parts of compost and sand or perlite.

As a mulch:
Spread an inch or two of compost around annual flowers and vegetables, and up to six inches around trees and shrubs.

As a top dressing:
Mix finely, sifted compost with sand and sprinkle evenly over lawns.

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