compost heap out of control

I am helping someone in their garden who has had an accident, her compost heap is just a pile of weeds and garden junk piled high in the back of the garden. any suggestions on how to get it under control or do i have to build a new heap properly and transfer all the good stuff and ditch the rubbish. any ideas please


  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Depends on the weeds. Annual weeds are fine but the compost heap would need to reach a high temperature to kill off perennial weeds and that just isn't practical for the average gardener.

    Personally, I would skip the lot to save spreading weeds and seeds across the entire garden, but that's just me.image If you want/need to sort through the pile, I would suggest sieving the lot at least.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    In a small garden a compost heap takes up a lot of space-I would be inclined at this stage to dispose of any woody material or anything that is going to take ages to rot down.

    Then invest in a compost bin-a lot of councils offer cheap deals in conjunction with commercial outlets and transfer any vegetative stuff into that- avoiding any perennial roots- like dandelions etc

    Keeps it all tidy and in one spot

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