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Dead leaves ok as a soil conditioner...?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:18 pm    Post subject: Dead leaves ok as a soil conditioner...? Reply with quote

Hi there

I have two bags full of dead, dried shrubbery leaves I gathered from my garden a while back, with no apparent disease, am just about to bury them in a new raised border to get rid of them and as a possible soil conditioner / fertiliser. Good or bad idea? Thanks Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you leave the bags for a year or two ( throw them in under a shrub out of the way )you will have the most wonderful leaf mould by then. Just make sure the plastic bags have a few holes pierced in them. They will also shrink to a fraction of their present size.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not saying its not suitable for a raised bed, but I use partly decomposed leaf mould in my woodland garden as a mulch (which is fairly protected from wind, or else they blow away)

The birds love it as it attracts an array of insects.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

burying the leaves shouldn't do any harm at all. they won't add great fertility to the soil, assuming they were collected after dying last autumn, but will help add soil structure.
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