Biodegradable

Definition - What does Biodegradable mean?

Biodegradable refers to the characteristic of living or formerly living materials to break down and degrade when exposed to natural elements or other living organisms. Wind, sunlight and water can be the catalysts for some biodegradation, as well as some animal and insects, but often it's the result of direct contact with microscopic microorganisms or fungi that are responsible for the biodegradation. Composting is a form of biodegradation that many gardeners are aware of.

This is the intentional biodegradation of organic wastes by creating an environment with a proper carbon to nitrogen ratio to result in nutrient-rich organic compost.

MaximumYield explains Biodegradable

Many environmentally conscious gardeners look for biodegradable products. These may be in the form of trays or pots that their plants come in or with the fertilizers that they select. Organic fertilizers are not water-soluble, and are therefore by nature biodegradable as they are activated by the microbial activity in the soil. Other biodegradable products are ground covers. Naturally derived mulches, such as aged bark, wood chips, straw or leaves, break down over time and add organic matter to the soil.

Other biodegradable mulches include plastics which have been engineered using biodegradable materials such as corn so that they will break down over the course of the growing season as well.

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