Dry Leaves Compost

Dry Leaves Compost


Dry leaves are good source for making compost for your garden. Compared with classic material for composting such as manure, tree leaves contain much more nutrients and minerals. Generally, the fallen leaves of deciduous trees have more minerals than the evergreen trees.


Most deciduous trees have very deep root system which helps them to absorb nutrients from the deep side of the soil. Some of these nutrients are transmitted into leaves. So, regarding the nutrition, the fallen leaves from these trees are more valuable than other organic substances which are commonly used for making compost. They can build up humus which can improve the drainage ability of soil and air circulation. Also, they are helpful to keep moisture for some loose soil types.

When making compost, the first thing you need to do is to shred your collected leaves into small pieces. They make the compost easy to deal with. Then you can make a mixture of five parts of shredded leaves with one part of manure which mainly provide nitrogen. You need to turn the heap over and over for every two or three days. If possible, you can consider put some cover on the compost heap to protect the heap from extensive sunlight and keep the moisture. By doing these, you are surely to get some high quality composts within one week. Regarding the nitrogen supplement, you also have a lot of options to choose from other than manure such as bone meal. Nitrogen supplement can facilitate the heating of the leave pile and increase the break down process.

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