Around the Yard

Leaf Shredding

By: Tricia Craven Worley

Turn leaves into fuel for next year’s garden by shredding them with a string trimmer in a garbage can before you compost them.

Shredding one leaf into five or ten smaller pieces does several good things. First, it increases the surface area, giving microbes many more places to work. It also prevents the leaves from packing together into layers that won’t let water or air penetrate and it reduces the volume dramatically.

Ten bags of whole leaves becomes just one bag of shredded leaves. Fill a garbage can half full of dried leaves and run your string grass trimmer in the can. In a few minutes, they’ll be just right for composting.

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