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Leaf mulch

Posted November 2nd 2015 in Topical Tips 0 Comments
Leaf mulch

Autumn sees the leaves falling off the trees. Why not use the leaves to make a useful mould or mulch for your garden?  Leaf mulch has many uses - from planting seedlings to mulching the garden.

All leaves are able to be mulched, but some such as conifer will take a lot longer to break down.  The best mulch makers are oak, beech and hornbeam.  Thicker leaves such as horse chestnut will work, but will benefit from being shedded first.  Evergreen leaves can also be used, although these can also be added directly to the compost heap as they will break down faster.

Rake up and collect all those leaves as they fall from the tree. There are two ways of storing the leaves - either make a cage from old netting and pile the leaves in, or rake them into bin liners.  The leaves will need to be moist and aerated - turn them in the cage and keep damp.  If using a bag - make sure the leaves are damp, then prick holes in the bag and tie loosely.    Generally leaves will take up to two years to break down sufficiently to be useable.  Store them in a quiet corner of the garden until needed.

Well made leaf mulch can be used to grow your seedlings in.  It can also be added to compost for seedlings, or put directly on the garden.  A less well rotted mulch could be used directly onto cleared beds as a winter covering.

How ever you look at it you have free compost/mulch from your garden from very little effort!  Well worth trying.

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