Make Leaf Mold

Leaf mold is an easy way to capture the nutrients found in dead leaves without the bother of balancing or turning a compost pile. Creating a leaf mold pile is also a good way to deal with an excess of dead leaves in the compost pile for gardeners with an abundance of deciduous trees and little grass

Water the leaf pile initially, and check it every few months to ensure it isn’t drying out.

Microorganisms can take as long as two years to completely break a large leaf pile down into humus, but if the gardener starts a new pile each fall, he can guarantee a constant supply of this spongy material. Gardeners can use leaf mold in the garden the same way they use compost: as a soil amendment, potting soil ingredient, or as part of a mix to start seeding.