Composting Autumn Leaves the Easy Way.08:01:00
May 2nd to 8th marks International Composting Awareness Week in Australia.
'This is a week during which Australians are invited to pay closer attention to what they put in their rubbish bin and consider that often about half of that could be composted through dedicated organic waste wheelie bin services or at home.'
Here in town where I live, we are very fortunate to have a forward thinking council who introduced a green waste collection earlier this year. As a result we now are able to dispose of ALL of our organic waste in the dedicated bin and it is taken away each and every week as part of the council waste collection. It makes life very easy indeed!!
The old adage of believing that our organic waste will decompose in landfill regardless is no longer sustainable thinking. In fact, doing this actually contributes to climate change. Landfill rubbish, including our kitchen food scraps and piles of raked up leaves are so highly compacted when disposed of in landfill that they can only break down anaerobically.
A bi-product of this is methane gas which is one of the atmosphere's greatest nemesis.
I did write a little bit about my composting efforts during Sustainability Week early in February which you can read here. However, for this post today and with this week being all about paying closer attention to what is going into our rubbish bin, I thought Id share a couple of easy ways that we can compost all of the Autumn Leaves that are littering our lawns. They are definitely one thing that does NOT need to go in the rubbish bin.
I dont know about your garden at the moment, but here it is raining Liquid Amber leaves. As beautiful as they are and not to mention how much fun the kids are having running through them, they still need to be raked, tidied up and you guessed it; composted.
These are just the leaves in the driveway!
Here are three very simple and easy methods for composting leaves you may like to try as part of your own gardening repertoire.
#1: USE YOUR LAWN MOWER.
Get the lawn mower out of the shed and just mow over those leaves like its nobodies business.
Okay, so it may look like you crushed a hundred packets of potato chips onto your lawn initially, but I can tell you, by making the leaves much smaller, they will break down much quicker and they will disappear in no time at all. Think of it as a little leaf confetti. Your lawn will love it!!
#2: PILE EM UP!
Simply rake the leaves up into a big pile in a designated 'compost' spot in your garden somewhere and leave it.
I am currently using this method with the myriads of Liquid Amber leaves that are amass on the ground out the front. I have a big pile of them, semi-hiding behind a bush, alongside the fence and I have literally just dumped them there to wither away and break down. Too easy!!
Sprinkling some Blood and Bone on top will help it along nicely.
My beautiful piles of leaves composting away in the garden bed.
#3: AUTUMNAL MULCHING.
Rake the leaves straight into the garden beds to become your Autumnal mulch.
It may be the case that you might need to uncover a few of the younger plants when you are done, but on the whole the plants will eventually poke through the mass of leaves just like they would do in the wild. Fancy that! The leaves will break down over the next few months and will become part of the soil ready in time for Spring.
The colour in my garden beds from the leaves here whilst a little bit messy, still is beautiful and they are filling much of the spaces where I took plants out the other week.
Three simple ways to compost the fallen Autumn leaves in your garden. I promise these methods will make your soil happy and your plants even happier and with very minimal effort on your part.
Thanks for visiting today and happy composting for this the 2016 International Composting Week.