How to create high-quality fertilizer from fallen leaves: expert secrets

By Andrii MaistrenkoApr 27, 2024 13:04 PMGarden
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How to create high-quality fertilizer from fallen leaves
How to create high-quality fertilizer from fallen leaves. Source: www.thespruce.com

In the fall, it is advisable not to throw away the fallen leaves. Instead, they can be used to benefit plants and soil. SSPDaily has told you about several effective ways to turn fallen leaves into fertilizer.

Composting

Composting converts organic materials into fertilizer with the help of bacteria and worms, breaking them down into smaller elements. To compost fallen leaves, collect them in a pile or a special container and create a layer about 10-15 cm thick at the bottom. Then add a layer of soil, compost, or manure of the same thickness to the leaves.

Repeat these layers until the container is full or the height of the pile reaches 1-1.5 meters. Subsequently, the compost should be moistened and covered with polyethylene or cardboard. Periodically, it should be stirred and watered to ensure adequate air and moisture supply. After 6-12 months, it will be ready for use.

Mulching

Mulching is the covering of the soil surface with organic materials to protect it from drying out, freezing, erosion, and weeds. To mulch, first shred the leaves with a rake, pitchfork, or shredder.

Then spread the shredded leaves evenly in a 5-10 cm thick layer over the soil surface. This mulch will gradually decompose and enrich the soil with nutrients.

Liquid infusion

You can also make a liquid infusion from the fallen leaves. To do this, cut the leaves into small pieces and immerse them in water in a ratio of 1:10. Adding a small amount of sugar or yeast can speed up the fermentation process.

Let the mixture sit in a closed container in the sun or in a warm place for two to three weeks, stirring occasionally. After that, strain the infusion and dilute it with water in a ratio of 1:10. This solution can be used to water the plants once a week.

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