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Why You Should Bury Your Pumpkin After Halloween

A group of pumpkins sit on top of hay.

Halloween is nearly here, but when the time comes, you’ll need to stash that spooky decor. That includes your carved pumpkin. But should you just toss that jack-o-lantern in the trash?

No! You should bury your pumpkins!

We know this sounds a lot like we’re telling you to “out of sight, out of mind” your carved pumpkin just so you don’t have to deal with it. But that’s not the case at all. Pumpkins actually act as great fertilizer for your lawn or garden, providing nutrients to the soil as they continue to break down over time. Even if you’re not a dedicated composter with an established compost pile, you can still take advantage of your old pumpkin by burying it.

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Grab your tools and get to digging.

You can chop your pumpkin up and spread it out along your garden or leave it whole, burying it in a single spot. The most important thing is to make sure there are no seeds when it’s buried. If there are, there’s a chance you’ll end up with a pumpkin in your garden next. But hey, if you’re into that, go for it!

For those with large yards in more rural, wooded areas, you can also simply chop the pumpkin up and place it on your property line. It’ll act as feed for wildlife like deer. Just make sure it’s placed away from your home as well as your neighbors’ homes!

While you might be sad spooky season is over, don’t be too bummed. Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming, and there are tons more decorating to do for them.

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Shea Simmons is the Editor In Chief of LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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