Hell everyone, I just found this board and have a question for yo
I have lots of leaves on the ground from last year, can I still pu
them in bags and make leaf mold?? Would it be of good quality? Or woul
I be waisting my time
Yes, leaf mold (composted leaves, rotted leaves, mulched leaves, it's all
the same thing). IHMO, oak leaves make the best leaf mold.
Ye Olde Rotted Oak Læ
Find a stand of oak trees under which a thick layer of last years' leaves
have fallen. I like to simply suck up several trash bags full using a
lawnmower with bag attached. (Have a snappy comeback for passersby
inquiring, "Why are you mowing the forest?") Depending upon the mower, you
may have to dump the bag and suck them up again to get the leaf particles
suitably shredded. Dump the now shredded oak leaves into black plastic
garbage bags. If the leaves are dry, spray water into the bag until they're
moderately damp. Tie off the bag, and poke several tens of holes into it (I
just use my car key or chopstick). Place the bags where they will receive
all day sunlight. Every once in awhile, give the bags a good swift kick!
In six to ten weeks, you will have lovely dark rotted oak leaf.
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
Thank you David! I will get these in bags as soon as the rain stops!
We needed rain, but now it could stop for a week or so!! I do have
few oak, but this is mainly Maple. I'll have to find more Oak trees
Think there are some out in our woods. Going mushroom hunting in th
morning so will look for some
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