How to Compost Autumn Leaves


How to Compost Autumn Leaves. Composting autumn leaves requires a little
knowledge of chemistry and a little work. Recycling the leaves into new soil is a great
way to keep leaves out of the landfill, or leaf ash out of the air. You will need Autumn leaves Rake Lawn mower
Bag Compost pile and chemical balance. Step 1. Wait until the leaves have started to turn
brown before you rake them up. If you have a lawn mower or a leaf shredder,
shred the leaves before raking them. Both of these techniques help the leaves to
compost more quickly. Step 2. Place the leaves in a burlap bag and set it
near the compost pile. Step 3. Add a few handfuls of leaves from the bag
to the compost pile at a time. If you add too many at once, they mat together
and slow down the composting process. Step 4. Maintain a balance between carbon-rich and
nitrogen-rich materials in the compost pile. Brown leaves are rich in carbon. Kitchen scraps (not meat), fruit and vegetable
peelings, coffee grounds, and grass clippings are rich in nitrogen. The nutrient-rich compost pile should consist
of two-thirds carbon-rich materials and one-third nitrogen-rich materials. As nitrogen-rich materials are added to the
compost pile, toss a few leaves on top. Step 5. Build a 4-foot diameter by 3-foot high leaf-only
compost pile if you have too many leaves to put in the main compost pile. Place a layer of soil between each foot of
leaves. Keep the pile damp, but covered so that it
does not become waterlogged. Leaf compost is best used as organic soil
amendment and conditioner rather than as nutrient-rich compost. Did you know In fall, cork-like layers of
cells between the leaves and the stems in deciduous trees block the production of the
green chlorophyll, making the leaves turn yellow or red.

21 thoughts on “How to Compost Autumn Leaves

  1. Gee, you forgot to say, 'first you brush away the snow' after you have left the leaves to turn brown for a few days before further processing.

    Actually we keep adding kitchen scraps to the compost pit on top of the big pile of leaves that keep the worms warm. Gonna leave town for a couple of days in the Spring when it all thaws out.

  2. @faina012 That's simple

    Step 1: You will need snow
    Step 2: A waffle cone
    Step 3: Juice(any flavor)
    Step 4: Put the snow in the waffle cone and pour the juice on it for flavor

    Optional: Yellow snow, Snow cones, Don't try this, Just by a snow cone

  3. hi! can you use "platanus orientalis" leafes for the compost?? are there any kind of leaf that you shouldn't use??

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