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Garden waste

Love spending time in the garden, but not sure what to do with garden waste?

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What can you do with garden waste?

Love spending time in the garden, but not sure what to do with garden waste? We’ve rounded up a few simple ideas for managing garden waste at home. You can also subscribe to a paid garden waste collection service on the Bristol City Council website.

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Compost

Making your own compost at home is one of the best ways to manage your garden waste. It adds nutrients to soil and improves the soil structure. You don’t need a special bin or a large area and you can start a compost heap anywhere in your garden.

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Mulch

Mulch is a layer of material (you can use grass cuttings) put on the surface of soil which helps to retain moisture in the soil, improving soil fertility and health as well as reducing weed growth.

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Let the grass grow

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 long grass will create a sheltered environment for insects.

More uses for garden waste

  • Gather fallen leaves to make leafmould, an excellent soil conditioner.
  • Use branches from cutting back trees and bushes as supports for other plants later in the year.
  • If you have cut the grass, don’t put it straight into your green bin to store; it will make the bin very heavy and start to smell as it rots. If you can, spread it out over a small area for a few days to dry out before you put it in the bin.
Garden waste subscription

Sign up for a green bin

Fortnightly garden waste collections can be arranged through Bristol City Council from as little as £29 per year.