Composting leaves for leaf mold can be
done in 3 easy
steps. Store your leaves for a season or two and use on your garden as
mulch or as a soil conditioner.
I hate anything going to waste,
especially when there is a perfectly good way of using it. We have
Plane trees that lose all their leaves over autumn and you cannot
believe just how many leaves you can get from one tree until they are
blowing all around you and making the ground look undtidy.
As a result, fall is always a busy time
in the garden.
But instead of being mad about the falling leaves all the extra work
they bring we should really be seeing our fall leaves as a blessing. It
is a wonderful opportunity to take
these leaves for mulching and composting.
In the past people have take their
rubbish and burnt it, and this included the autumn leaves. However, we
know now that not only does this practice cause air pollution, but it
really prevents us from taking advantage of having potential free leaf
mulch for the garden.
leaves is easy, the only thing you need to be is
patient. But the best thing is, unlike composting other vegetation, all
you need to do is
to wait for it to do its thing.
There is no
turning to be done, and no
need to fret as to whether you have the correct balance of materials.
up your leaves, stuff them into large, plastic bin liners
and puncture them on the sides.
Then wet the contents well with a
hosepipe before tying the bags up and leaving them in a hidden part of
Oak, alder and hornbeam will soon rot down, while
sycamore, beech, horse chestnut and sweet chestnut take a little longer.
My Plane leaves
waiting to be bagged and composted
Leave your bags until the following
spring if you want mulch for your garden, or leave for another year if
you want a fine tilth as a soil conditioner.
A Tip for Composting
Leaves the Easy Way!
Stuffing piles of leaves into refuse
bags can be a very frustrating experience if you have ever tried -
especially if the wind is blowing at the same time while you are trying
to keep the bag open while the other hand is trying to scoop the leaves
You can free up both hands if you take
a cardboard box, cut off the flaps at either end so that you are just
left with the sides. Place the cardboard box open inside the bag. This
will then open the bag up and keep it open while you then shovel the
leaves inside the bag.
Once inside the bag tie them up and
flaten the top of the bag to form a depression or dished-shape area on
the top. Now make some holes in the depressioned area. This is to allow
rain to get into the bag and helps with composting leaves a lot quicker.
Make a few more holes on the sides of
the bag to allow good bugs and bacteria to enter for the composting
process to take place.
This way you don't have to remember to
water them on a regular basis, nature will do it for you.
Leave the bags for 12 months, after
which you will have wonderful rich leaf mold and an excellent mulch.
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