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Joined: 2009-08-07

Hi everyone,
I mulched my flower beds with maple leaves and I still have some on the lawn. What do I do with them. I will mulch them but it seems to take a long time for them to break down. I have a composter but don't know if these would be good to put in since they are from fall.
thanks for your help

Joined: 2009-08-07
You can put leaves in a composter

It is best that you mulch them first with a lawnmower. It takes time for leaves to break down naturally.

I put mine in my compost pit and I have to keep turning them up so they will break down.

Leaves tend to bunch together when wet, that is why one should mulch them before using them. Leaves from last fall are ok to use. I still have mine on top of my compost heap.

Joined: 2009-08-07
thank you, Rachel

thank you,

Joined: 2010-03-14
Wait now

if you have a chipper you can mulch them that way as well... better than all that walking around with a lawn mower...

Joined: 2009-08-07
Bags of time and leaves

I bag my leaves up in the Autumn(Fall to you) and leave them till the following autumn and then add to the compost bin as a top dressing to seal it for the winter. That bin won't be used till the following autumn so those leaves have been off the tree for 2 years. Works well with me.
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