Creating Beneficial Leaf Mold for the Garden

Leaf mold is shredded leaves left to disintegrate over a period of time. Leaf mold is fairly easy for garden enthusiasts to produce in the backyard.

Leaf to Leaf mold

A significant point relates to the type of leaves used in the garden compost stack. A preferred approach to develop the leaf mold is to use a mix of leaves from several different tree species. Try to prevent making use of leaves solely from holly or oak trees because the leaves contain a high concentration of lignin, which is really sluggish to break down.

Shred the leaves

By breaking down the leaves into little particles, there is less chance of leaves sticking together in big clumps. A basic strategy to plastic sheds leaves is to run a lawn mower over the leaves when still on the lawn. Use a purpose-built leaf vacuum with shredder attachment or standalone leaf shredder.

Leaf Mold Pile

A preferred size for a leaf garden compost stack is at least 4 or 5 feet square. A gardener will need to collect about 20 full bags of leaves to develop a pile this size. If the leaf stack is exposed to the elements, make sure to cover with a tarp or comparable sheet.