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.
Gather up your fallen leaves and put them somewhere that you can mow them.
Set your lawn mower to a high cut. As you can see, I use the highest setting that my mower has.
Mow the leaves so that they are shredded and gathered up in the mower collecting box.
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.
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).
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 when you are reading this then pin it so that you can refer to it later for success.
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