Make the most of your autumn by leafmould composting
01.09.2016 in News
With autumn fast approaching, we will all soon be facing the inevitable arrival of fallen leaves in our gardens. So, instead of leaving them to make a mess in your garden and do damage to your lawn (amongst other things!), why not collect them and start the process of turning them into rich soil enhancement!
Collecting the leaves can be hard work if you are sweeping or raking, especially if you have a big garden to cover. Garden blowers and even leaf collecting ‘hands’ are great ways to make the process of rounding up leaves and other fallen debris more manageable.
Once gathered, you need somewhere to make the magic happen! If you have a small amount of leaves, a leaf sack might be your best option. However, for larger quantities, why not give a leafmould composter a try?
Wooden leaf mould composters are essentially cages that house your leaves for a long period of time (with a lid to stop leaves escaping). The process of composting can be accelerated by chopping the leaves. This can be done by running them over with a mower. From there you should mix in a small amount of fresh grass cuttings and adding an additional activator that is nitrogen rich.
The timescale is slightly longer as far as seeing the end result when using leafmould but hopefully this time next year you will be reaping the rewards of some compost that is well worth the wait!