A DIY Guide on Composting
We’vegot a question for you – what do you do with your dog’s waste? Use a pooper scooper, bag it up, or something like that? You’re probably wondering why in the world we’re asking you this question. It’s kind of weird, after all. It’s safe to assume that most people would just answer that they throw away their dog’s waste. But, why do this when there’s an alternative that creates a resourceful product for you? If you’re baffled at this point, we’re talking about composting dog poop.
No, we’re not going crazy or pitching some strange scheme. Yes, it really is possible to compost dog poop! It’s actually becoming a popular practice among pet owners across the country. Dog poop is an excellent material for making totally organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden. But you’ve got to have a dog poop compost bin to get the job done. Fortunately, it’s super easy to create one yourself. You only need a few materials and a bit of space in your yard or garden.
In this post, you’ll find some essential information that you need to create your own dog poop compost bin. You may be surprised to find out how simple and straightforward this project is. But that’s not all we’ve got to share with you. We’ll give you some helpful information on how to compost dog poop, too. Read on to find out what you need to know about building and using a dog poop composter.
The Tools You Need For A Dog Poop Compost Bin
So you’ll need a few tools to make a do-it-yourself dog poop compost bin. You may have some or all of these tools on hand already. In case you don’t, we’ve found some highly-rated items for you to consider. The list below details what you need for making your bin, and we’ve provided links to the items for you. It doesn’t get much easier than this:
- large plastic barrel – This item will be used as your composter.
- small utility saw – This tool will be used to remove parts of the barrel to create the composter.
- small drill – This tool will be used to cover the large plastic barrel in small holes.
- gravel – Gravel is used at the bottom of your composter.
- large shovel – A large and sturdy shovel will be used to dig the hole for your in-ground dog poop composter.
You only need five items to create a high-quality dog waste compost bin? That’s not too shabby! This project is a lot easier than you may realize. It does take a bit of hands-on work, but the payoff is pretty nice. Why should you spend money on an in-ground dog poop composter when you don’t have to? Okay, you’ve got your list of tools. Now let’s move on to creating your in-ground dog poop composter.
How To Create An In Ground Dog Poop Composter
doing some searching online, we found a few guides for creating dog poop composters. Some guides were much easier to follow than others, so we simplified the process for you. The instructions given below are based on an Instructable.com’s Big Dog Poop Composter article and a PlanTea.com article. Follow these steps to easily create your composter. Let’s get started:
- Drill small holes all over your large plastic bin, but do not drill holes on the top or the bottom. The holes can be between ¼ of an inch and ¾ of an inch in diameter.
- Using your utility saw or any other saw, cut the top off of the large plastic barrel. This end will be the bottom of the dog poop composter, so it needs to be facing down when inserted into the ground.
- Using your saw, cut a small hole – about four inches in diameter – in the top of the large plastic barrel. This is where you will drop your dog’s waste so that it can decompose into fertilizer.
- Dig a hole in the ground that the large plastic barrel can fit into. Dump your gravel or rocks into the bottom of this hole. This helps with drainage once you begin using the finished dog poop composter.
- Place the large plastic barrel into the hole with the intact side facing upwards. Make sure it is just slightly above ground level. You may want to label the barrel to warn others to use caution around it.
This step is optional, but you may want to put a PVC pipe in the small four-inch hole at the top of the barrel. This can add a bit of security to your dog poop composter, as it may deter animals and small children from toying with it.
If you use a PVC pipe, you can cover the top of the barrel with dirt so that only the pipe is showing. This makes your dog poop composter virtually invisible. You’ve created your composter, and now you can begin turning your dog’s waste into a viable organic fertilizer.
How To Turn Dog Waste Into Dog Poop Compost
dog feces from your yard and put them into your dog waste composter. You can easily do this using a pooper scooper or bags that decompose naturally. Don’t throw regular plastic bags into your dog poop compost bin, as they will not decompose.
- Add the septic starter in order to break down the dog feces. Many types of septic starter can be found on Amazon, and it is also sold in many hardware stores. Earthworm Septic System and Cesspool Treatment is one popular option, and GreenPig Solutions 52 Concentrated Formula Live Septic Tank Treatment is another best-seller. Doogie Dooley’s Waste Terminator is a special type of digester designed specifically for breaking down dog waste.
- Wait the appropriate amount of time. Some septic starters require you to add water, so check the direction to make sure. It may take a few days for the dog waste to completely break down; some dog owners report that it takes about two or three days. You may add grass clippings and other natural compost to enhance the fertilizer.
Once the dog poop compost is ready, use as you please! You can enjoy using your organic fertilizer in your garden, lawn, and throughout your land. But before you get started, we’d like to share some extra information about using dog poop in compost.
Know What To Avoid When Using Dog Poop In Compost
dog poop compost is a bit different from food or plant based compost, you’ve got to take a few precautions. Though the waste is thoroughly broken down in the composter, there are a few risks to consider. Fortunately, they’re pretty easy to keep in mind. We’ve outlined those risks for you in order to ensure you use your new organic compost safely.
- Do not use cat feces in a pet waste composter. Cat feces should never be tossed into your dog waste composter. Toxoplasmosis, a disease that comes from the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, is spread through cat feces. This disease is particularly harmful to pregnant women and unborn children. So make sure to dispose of cat feces elsewhere.
- Only use your dog poop compost on non-food plants. This bullet point is a bit controversial – some people believe it’s not safe to use dog poop compost at all. However, the major concern is when it is used in food bearing plants. There’s a chance of bacterial contamination when that happens. So simply use this compost on non-food plants to avoid any issues!
- Be aware of roundworms in dog waste. Do you know how to spot roundworms in your dog’s waste? Make sure you are familiar with them so that you can avoid using contaminated feces. They are small, white or light brown, and may be several inches long. If your dog does have roundworms, don’t worry too much! This disease can be treated very easily by a veterinarian.
- Use simple sanitary practices to avoid bacteria when composting dog poop. For example, make sure to wear gloves when handling dog feces. Wash the tools that you use to pick up the feces, too. And lastly, always wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap after working with your dog poop composter. These practices seem a little obvious, but they are very important.
Wrapping It Up: Final Thoughts On Do-It-Yourself Dog Poop Compost Bins
that you know how to make a dog poop compost bin, you can get started on this interesting do-it-yourself project. It takes some work, but you’ll get so many benefits – free fertilizer, a place to hide smelly dog waste, and savings on your water bill (fertilizer helps retain moisture). Make sure to check out our other articles about dog poop compost to make the most out of your organic fertilizer.
Once you’ve finished making your in-ground dog poop compost bin, we’d love to hear how it’s working out for you. Did you run into any problems when working on this project? Is the fresh organic fertilizer helping your garden flourish? Share your unique experiences with us and the other readers. And of course, feel free to ask us questions if you have any! We want this do-it-yourself project to be as simple and effective as possible for you.