When the trees drop their leaves, bag ’em. Every leaf out there is potential leaf mould material.
Leaf mould differs from compost. Leaf mould is broken down by fungi, opposed to Micro-organisms. It takes longer to mature. Oak and beech can take up to two years.
Accelerators can be used. Coffee grounds. Grass clippings (Nitrogen) and Urine (a nitrogenous liquid feed).
Superior to compost, leaf mould has better water retention, it improves soil structure and provides a fantastic habitat for soil life, including earthworms.
Basically, gather leaves when they fall, and:
- bag them in black bin liners, poke some holes in the bags and store them for roughly two years.
- Or, create a wire mesh cage, pack with leaves, cover for two years – turn every month to aerate and avoid drying out
- Or, let the experts tell you more about making leaf mould. Useful stuff like:
- Oak and Beech make the best leaf mould …
- Using partially decomposed leaf mould can rob nitrogen from the soil (not a good thing)
- You can speed up leaf mould decay by keeping it moist with a nitrogenous liquid feed – urine, to you …
@The_RHS – Leaf mould is formed from decaying leaves and produces an invaluable soil conditioner. The best quality leaf mould is produced from the leaves of oak, beech or hornbeam.
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