I've 'inherited' a sizeable pile of old grass clippings in the garden of my new house.
Taking a section through it, I can see several different layers that I guess represent different years: a thin layer of dryish grass on top, a brown layer with a lot of the grass structure still clearly visible, followed by a rather stinky, squidgy wet brown layer with a texture like, um, wet clay (to choose a polite description).
Can this be rescued at all (or even used as is)? Ideally I want to get rid of this pile as it isn't very conveniently located. I've set up a couple of bins in a better area which I'm trying to start up as a new compost heap following the advice here.
At the moment I have available:
lots of long grass and/or grass clippings
a couple of leylandii (Leyland Cypress) trees (been through a wood chipper)
some dead scots pine (from a hedge) (also wood-chipped)
an apple tree/currant bushes that need pruning/thinning -> would produce lots of fresh twigs
as many sycamore tree seedlings as I can be bothered to cut down from the road verges nearby.
Thanks for any suggestions!