Fall is a terrific time for making compost, partly because leaves—which have a way of coming down this time of year—are a fantastic source of soil enriching nutrients. And since you probably plan to remove all those leaves from your lawn anyway, recycling them into your compost pile is a win-win proposition.
Since leaves need to break down in order to integrate with the other organic matter in your compost heap, reducing them first can really accelerate the composting process. The difference in composting time between leaves that are dumped whole, and leaves that are well shredded can be enormous. Reduce first this fall, and you can have usable compost in the spring!
Shredding the Leaves
There are number of ways to shred leaves, but one of the most efficient has to be using a leaf collector like the DR Leaf and Lawn Vacuum. Attached to your riding mower, the DR will reduce all the leaves you collect twice: the mower blade makes the first pass at them, then the semi-mulched leaves are drawn into the the Leaf Vac’s steel impeller where they are reduced again.
Best of all, those twice-reduced leaves are nicely gathered for you in the collector bin. There’s no awkward raking and bagging, or dragging an overladen tarp across your yard (in a backward-walking, butt-first posture that will keep your chiropractor’s business thriving!).
Just drive to your compost pile and dump. Come back in the spring and you’ll find that with just a little shovelwork to turn and mix the pile, you’ll have beautiful, rich compost to integrate into your garden beds. Your Leaf and Lawn Vac trailer will come in handy again.