While fall clean-up can be a chore, it’s a great benefit to your garden to collect fallen leaves, make leaf mold compost, and add it to the beds. Here's why you should make it this fall.
Unlike compost, leaf mold does not offer much in the way of soil nutrition. But rather increases water retention and improves overall soil structure. Since leaf mold is considered to be a soil conditioner, it helps plant roots stay cooler during hot, dry weather.
Here are some of the benefits of making your own leaf litter mold.
Improved Soil StructureLeaf mold improves soil structure by increasing its water-holding capacity and aeration. This makes it easier for plant roots to access nutrients and water.
Weed Suppression A layer of leaf mold on your garden beds can help suppress weeds, reducing the need for constant weeding.
Environmentally Friendly Leaf mold composting is an eco-friendly way to reuse yard waste, reducing the need for landfill disposal and chemical fertilizers.
Sustainable GardeningUsing leaf mold aligns with sustainable gardening practices, as it encourages a natural, low-impact approach to soil improvement.
Follow along to learn more about making leaf mold for your garden.