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Leaf Mulch And Leaf Compost As Fertilizer

by Byron

Question:


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:

leaf compost, leaf mulchMix 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
icon 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.

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