It should be noted though that bad odours can still be a problem even if moisture is controlled. As such, some people often make use of products that can help to reduce the development of bad odours. These products can prevent or discourage the development of the microbes that causes the bad odours, and at the same time helps to promote the growth of beneficial microbes. Some of these products are technologically advanced, and because they are usually water-based or mixed with a good amount of water before they are sprayed onto the compost pile, they can be considered environment-friendly and safe. These are pretty similar to compounds used to remove or minimise odours in livestock shade structures.
There are also products which do not only do the above, but they also help to create a much better version or compost quality and even helps to hasten the composting process which then saves time and operation costs. For large manufacturers of composts, this is something worth considering.
Before making of composting covers though, there are certain things that needs to be considered. For instance, the composting site should have good draining conditions. Without proper drainage, the water that slides off of the covers will just accumulate in the ground where they fall and cause ponding around the compost pile or the windrows. In addition, the composting piles should be set up so that a peak is formed and a reasonable slope is formed so that the water slides of easily and doesn’t accumulate on the composting cover itself, which is sometimes the case when the top of the windrow is flat or forms a plateau.
There are several others considerations that must be taken in mind when it comes to using composting covers.