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Composting leaves and other organic wastes at home is very easy and practical. Once you learn the basic composting method, you can turn out rich compost for use on your property. Using compost yields faster-growing, stronger plants. The chief value in using compost is the beneficial effect on soil structure. Incorporating compost into the soil improves aeration and drainage and makes the soil loose and easy to work.

To help you get started, see Ohio EPA's fact sheet, Composting: A Citizen's Guide to the Proper Disposal of Leaves and Other Organic Materials. Kids can find a fun worm activity in the Never Underestimate the Power of a Worm activity book. For more information about composting, visit the Division of Materials and Waste Management's composting page.