A use for fAllen leAves

Landscape (UK) - - In the Garden -

In the wood bed, an ash was fast to drop its leaves. Al­ready they have bro­ken down; a car­pet of black­ened midribs on the path is all that is left. Other ar­eas are cloaked in fallen hazel leaves. These thick, coarse leaves do not break down very fast. I will get as many off as pos­si­ble and into the leaf mould bin. It is time to see what last year’s full bin has re­duced down to. The wood bed will be the main re­cip­i­ent of this dark choco­late leaf mould. Creep­ing wood­lan­ders, such as wood anemones, im­pa­tiens and dis­porop­sis, will spread in this fri­able layer. Each year, it builds upon the dusty soil on which I over-op­ti­misti­cally started the wood bed.

Au­tumn leaves from healthy trees can be left to break down into leaf mould, which is an ex­cel­lent soil con­di­tioner.

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