Now that we have the leaves falling way before their time its time to plan head and think of how we are going to recycle them in our garden. I did that for one of clients a few days ago and now I’m going to show you how I did it .
The first thing you need is wooden crates these are free if ask any hard ware store for them as they are used to stack bags of compost ect and then disposed off when finished so why not recycle
Now we have the bin set up we can now add our garden waste but wait there are few important thing to remember first and these are :-
- Leaves are not like green waste like grass cutting ,weeds ect. They are made of a simple carbon all the nutriments have gone back into the plant as it get dormant – there as with all other carbon bio-products these will take a little longer to rot down. About a year or two according to the environment.
- You can accelerate the process by first
- munching the leaves in either a blower or lawn mower
- Then emptying the bag into the bins
- A tip i learnt from experience is to moisten the leaves first with a fine rose cause the fungi that break down the leaves thrive on a wet well ventilated environment
- If you have spent mushroom compost handy or even toadstools or mushrooms growing in your garden add these with your garden rubbish you got from your bed – these will also contain other beneficial organisms that will speed up the decay
- Make sure that your bins are well ventilated by adding chipped clippings from your shrubs that you have pruned but do not add diseased wood or leaves to the pile these are better burnt then added to your pile
- Leaves to avoid are large veined like oak and plane tree also do not put street tree leaves in the pile as they can harbour toxins from pollution
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