leaf mould

Make your own Leaf Mould

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What could be better for your garden and the environment than making your own leaf mould? In the autumn (fall) simply gather up your fallen leaves and help them to form leaf mould. It is so easy and you can use it as a mulch or soil improver the following year. Here is a quick step by step guide to being successful with leaf mould.

how to make leaf mould

Step 1: Gather leaves

Gather up your fallen leaves and put them somewhere that you can mow them.

Autumn leaves for leaf mould

Step 2: Set the mower height

Set your lawn mower to a high cut. As you can see, I use the highest setting that my mower has.

Leaf mould - lawn mower height setting

Step 3: Mow the leaves

Mow the leaves so that they are shredded and gathered up in the mower collecting box.

Leaf mould - mowing the leaves
Leaf mould shredded leaves

Step 4: Put leaves into a container

Place the leaves into a container that will allow the leaves to get damp and to drain. They need some ventilation. The easiest container is a black plastic bin bag with holes pierced in it. You can use a wire basket to hold the leaves in place whilst they rot down. I use an old wheelie bin with holes drilled into it.

Leaf mould container with holes

Step 5: Keep leaves damp

Make sure the leaves are damp and remain damp throughout the winter. I water mine occasionally because they are in a plastic bin. By next summer you should have lovely crumbly leaf mould. I leave mine in the bin to continue rotting down throughout the summer and then use it as a mulch in the autumn (fall).

Leaf mould


It is very satisfying to produce your own leaf mould and use it to nurture your own plants. Obviously it is also environmentally friendly as there are no transport issues. 

If I have had any difficulties in achieving nice, crumbly leaf mould it has been because either I did not shred the leaves so they took a lot longer to produce leaf mould or I did not keep them damp. It can also depend on the types of leaves you have.  If you do not have lovely leaf mould after a year simply keep it damp and leave it a bit longer. You will be successful eventually.

If it is not autumn (fall) when you are reading this then pin it on Pinterest so that you can refer to it later for success.

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Please let me know any tips you have for getting good leaf mould in the comments section below.

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