Leaf Compost Enriches Garden Soil

Use composted leaves as leaf mulch to enrich your garden soil.
By Joyce Ancrile
October/November 2012
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In the fall, using dried leaves on your garden protects the soil from severe cold and holds in needed moisture.
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In fall, I cover my garden beds with maple leaves scrounged from my neighbors, wet the leaves down really well and then cover them with black plastic. In spring, the plastic has warmed the dirt and also protected it from drenching rains so I can work the soil earlier.

When I’m ready to plant, I remove the plastic and load the leaf litter into my wheelbarrow.

After planting, I return the leaf residue to the garden beds to use as mulch, and the leaves continue to deteriorate and enrich the soil.

Joyce Ancrile
Vienna, West Virginia








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