Leaf Mulch And Leaf Compost As Fertilizer
I have a lot of leaves in my yard left over from the fall. Can I use them as fertilizer and how?Answer:
Fallen leaves are valuable material in a garden and can indeed be used as fertilizer for plants.
The best way to use them is as leaf compost. How to make leaf compost:
Mix different types of leaves with some fine garden soil, organic fertilizer, old compost and crushed sea-weed powder. These additives ensure a good and fast rotting process. You can also add in other garden waste, kitchen waste and manures. Mix all the ingredients well and pile them up in a shaded corner of the garden.
After 8 to 12 months the compost should be ready and can be used as a fertilizer and soil improver.
Another way to make use fallen leaves is as leaf mulch
. This works best if the leaves are shredded before they are spread on the soil. Use a leaf mulcher
that can shred leaves and other garden materials. Use this mix as a layer of mulch on your beds or around shrubs and trees.
This works like a slow release fertilizer, keeps the weeds down and makes a lovely soil full of earthworms