With most of the snow shovels put away for now, local residents with green thumbs are beginning to focus their attention on raking, pruning, trimming and planting.

To help area do-it-yourself landscapers beautify their own backyards, the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board) is offering “Rappa-Grow” compost, a recycled product made from yard trimmings and biosolids from Stafford’s wastewater treatment plant, located at 489 Eskimo Hill Road. The compost goes on sale Saturday for $15 per cubic yard.

An R-Board press release on the topic explains the benefits of the compost, including its ability to soak up water and slowly release it to plants, which decreases the need for watering. Compost also improves soil structure and promotes root growth in new plants. Watered down compost can be used as a fertilizer or a bug repellent instead of using harmful chemicals. According to R-Board officials, the product is all natural and eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Rappa-Grow’s Saturday sales hours are 8 a.m. to noon at the landfill’s scale house area. There is only a limited amount of compost available, the product will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Brochures and instructions on using the compost, as well as nutrient content information, are available at the landfill.

— James Scott Baron

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