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Helpful Tip from the Garden Geeks: Want to know more about composting leaves?
It takes at least a year for leaves to break down. Leaves saved in in the fall and composted in the spring, make great leaf mold for fall mulching. To speed up the process add manure, lime or peat moss to the pile.
Things to consider:
*Oaks and evergreens make an acid leaf mold. The use of lime can easily correct this.
*Black Walnut leaves should not be composted as they contain juglone which can be toxic to many plants.