Compost Shredders to Accelerate Your Composting
Continue layering ingredients around the pipe. Make sure you water each
layer (unless it is really wet already) as you go to help speed up the
The are more and more Compost Shredders on the market these
days for gardeners, and they really can save time, especially when
garden prunings and larger pieces need to be reduced in size to be
placed in recycling bins ready for council collections.
Compost shredders can used quite rapidly to produce large
quantities of compost from garden waste. Once shredded the particles
which remain are the right size for optimum compsting, and this speeds
up the composting process.
Good quality compost shredders can shred a wide rage of
organic waste materials from garden plants, to piles of leaves,to food
and vegetable waste etc. If you wish, and you choose the material
carefully, the shredded material may also be used as an instant mulch
Compost shredders are available in sizes ranging from light
use models to high powered models. The more powerful compost shredders
can shred thick tree prunings and branches, but be careful not to place
excessively large or hard items into the smaller shredders as this may
cause damage. Fairly obviously, the rate of throughput of a compost
shredder is directly related to its engine size.
The most popular designs are based upon a self feeding spiral
blade arrangement, however there are other systems available.
These models automatically draw in the material to be shredded and
rotates. Blockages are released from any systems by reverse
running the system, and we do recommend that make sure you buy a
shredder which will work with both wet and dry materials.
The overall effect of shredding is that the material
is heavily crushed, and cut and this produces the
characteristic small chippings, which compost so readily. The
acceleration of the composting process produced by shredding has to do
with the mixed texture and incresed surface area upon which the
bacteria of composting can grow.
We are keen on a micro-shredder cutting systems. The
micro-shredder system cuts leaves, twigs and even sizeable
branches into a uniform consistency. The finer shreddings that
micro-shredders produce are also great for mulching.
The most expensive but nevertheless still value for money
compost shredders consist of heavy steel rotator with two steel chipper
knives and shredding bars. Some models have reversible fixed shredding
hammers and a double edged chipper knife and this is good as it extends
the life of these crucial components. It goes without saying that these
top of the range models can shred impressively large quantities of
garden waste, including large amounts of tree prunings, leaves, dead
plants, and branches.
Wheat or pea straw are the best types of bales for composting. Start by
building one compost pile, then if you have the space you can create a
row of composting “bins”.
Always be safe when you are using these devices. You
really must wear
goggles, gloves, breathing gauze and ear protectors. These tools are
safe when well maintained but soon become dangerous if not properly
maintained. Don't stint when it comes to servicing time, and engage an
expert for all servicing and maintenance. Always comply with the
manufacturers instructions as these machines are serious devices and if
abused are quite capable of badly injuring the untrained user.
The next stage up in size from the types of shredders
describde are are
the high powered compost shredders you seen on farms. These are are
tractor driven or motor driven. Agricultural compost shredders do also
shred organic waste which will ultimately produce high quality
for sale in gardening shops, and for use in agriculture.