Leaf Composting – How To Make Your Own Organic Compost

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This method is very beneficial to the environment, since it can reduce the amount of garbage that goes to landfills and also helps to recycle some valuable nutrients back into the soil.

 Create A Compost Pile In Your Garden

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To begin, you will want to create a compost pile in your garden. If you do not have a compost pile, then a tumbling compost bin or any container filled with loosely packed earth will work just fine. Simply place the material on the top of the composting bin, add a little water, and turn the composting procedure until the material breaks down completely. It may take several days for the material to completely break down, but be patient because this process can take some time. After it breaks down completely, you can now remove the broken-down matter from your garden soil. Just be sure that you always mix the compost with a bit of kitchen or garden salt, to ensure that your newly created organic fertilizer will not have any salt residue attached to it.

Once you have removed the material from your garden or lawn, you can start mulching. Mulching should not be done until after the compost has completely been converted. This is to prevent the material from drying out and becoming useless because it no longer contains the microorganisms that are active in a compost pile. In fact, most of the benefits of this organic mulch come from the fact that it is a living material that is full of microorganisms and other organic material that would otherwise decompose and die in a regular compost pile.

 Put Leaves In A Compost Pile

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Some people wonder why they should put leaves in a compost pile. Leaf piles can be used as a means of sponging off dead leaves in your yard without adding fertilizer to the soil. You can also make use of the mulch to help keep your pets and children from stepping on dead leaves that have fallen onto your lawn. This will prevent them from ingesting the chemicals and pathogens in the decomposing material.

 Contain Whole Leaves Or Cut Stems

Most of the time, a compost pile will contain whole leaves or cut stems of grass, leaves and grass clippings. After they have decomposed, the materials release large quantities of oxygen and carbon dioxide into the compost pile. This is what helps new organic material build up. If the material is not thoroughly decomposed, it may not release all of the oxygen and carbon dioxide. This can lead to the decomposition of the material in a relatively short period of time before the material becomes completely inert.

 Summing Up

Leaf composting is a great way to recycle household waste material. It is also an eco-friendly way to compost unwanted garden and yard waste. By composting, you are not throwing dangerous chemicals and pathogens back into the earth. Your family and your environment will benefit from this method of recycling. In fact, some families have compost bins set up in their backyard, farms and garages and use the compost to feed their livestock.

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