October 07, 2011
The following information comes from the pamphelt Prepared by Orange County Public Utilities Divison and the Orange County Extension Service
Orange County Compost
Since 1992, yard waste has been collected from Orange County homes and composted. The final product of the compost processing resembles peat moss, is free of weed seeds and plant pests, and contains some plant nutirents. Compost often has a soil pH of about 8.0 which means the soil is alkaline and should not be used with plants that need a very acidic soil such as azaleas and blueberries.
Take up to a pickup truck load of Orange County Compost Free! Bring a shovel and containers.
University of Florida and Orange County studies have shown that compost makes a great mulch and soil improvement.
Available Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at:
McLeod Road Transfer Station
5000 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32811
Available daily from 8:00am-5:00pm
Orange County Landfill
12100 Young Pine Road
Orlando, FL 32829
Porter Transfer Station
8750 White Road
Orlando, FL 32818
Call first to be sure compost is available
How to use Orange County Compost
Landscape: Add a 2 to 3 inch layer of compost to shrub and tree plantings. The compost will help hold in soil moisture and gradually provide nutrients. Only citrus trees and not mulched in Florida due to a disease called foot rot which occurs when the base of the trunks are kept moist.
Lawn Preparation: mixing compost with a sandy soil will help hold in mositure needed for new root growth. Three inches of compost can be tilled into the soil before seeding or sodding a new lawn.