Step 1: Choose a location and form the border
Keep in mind that your compost pit will be visible. Think about whether or not you will want people to be able to see it in the front, back or sides of your house. Also make sure that it’s in an easily accessible location for you to maintain it.
The size of your compost pit should be determined by how much material you anticipate composting. We recommend starting off with a 4’x’4’ space, you can always expand this if needed. Use measuring tape and a hose or lawn paint to outline where you need to create the borders of the pit. Using a Garden Spade, make stabs along the hose for all four sides. Remove the hose and using the outline you made with the spade remove the top layer of sod by stabbing the ground with the blade of the spade into the area you already stabbed, pull back on the handle and push the blade horizontally across the surface of the pit as if you are plowing under the top layer of sod. As you push make sure you are cutting at the bottom of the grass blades and lift up the sod. This will be a repetitive process until you remove the entire top layer.
Step 2: Dig the Pit
You’ll want your compost pit to be at least 6 inches deep but we do not recommend digging more than a foot. Using a round point shovel, dig until you form a pit with your desired depth. Our standard Round Point Shovels feature our Comfort Step which helps your foot balance while putting pressure on the shovel with each dig. We also have a Floral Round Point shovel which is lighter weight and has a smaller blade but will still get the job done.