Low-Cost Leaf Shredder

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A weed whacker can also be a leaf shredder, if you confine the leaves somehow.

Have you always wanted a shredder to help convert those fall leaves into compost for your garden, but found the cost of even the smallest models beyond your budget? That was exactly the frustrating situation I was in until I hit on a workable alternative. These days, I fill a large garbage can up to the midpoint with dried leaves and use my electric string-type lawn trimmer to shred the leaves in the can.

It takes only a few minutes per load, and the results are impressive. The leaves are shredded to a fine consistency and can either be added to the compost pile or spaded right into the garden.