Compost the Fallen Leaves of Autumn

The brilliant colors of fall signal the change of the season and provide spectacular views. As we watch the colors change, we also begin to dread the cleanup that we know is coming.  Raking fallen leaves out of our yards can be a dreaded chore, however, there is really no need to take those leaves and bag them or set them on the curb to add to the local landfill.  Instead, consider composting or turning them into leaf mold those fallen leaves to help reduce waste and add to the future beauty of your landscape.

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Composting Leaves

You are still going to have to rake them all up.  Once you’ve gathered a nice sized leaf pile, hop on in.  Then rake again, yes we know double the work, but who can resist a dive in the leaf pile?  Then, before you add those leaves to the compost pile, shred them up either in a mulcher or by taking a couple of passes over them with your mower.  Add the shredded leaves to your existing compost pile.  Also add a nitrogen component to help the composting process.

The process isn’t instantaneous, could actually take a year or two to get fully composted leaves, but if you make sure to add the nitrogen rich component and keep your leaf layers thin, you should be able to get some good composting out of your fallen leaves.

Leaf Mold

Leaf mold is a top grade composting material.  The wait to get leaf mold out of your fall leaves, is at least two years, but well worth it.  Gather your shredded leaves in   composting bin, or a plastic bag, add some water for moisture.  Set your gathered leaves aside and wait.

These are just a couple of simple suggestions to take the hassle and drudgery out of fall leaf cleanup.  For tips on keeping your yard low maintenance, give our crew a call.

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