Divide Compost Leaves

If you have oak trees and are planning on using the leaves for a compost pile, make separate pile for them. Put the oak leaves on one pile because they are acidic and compost from them can be used on azaleas, mountain laurel, rhododendrons and conifers.

Leaves from other trees should be placed on the second pile. A leaf compost should be built in layers. Sprinkle a little fertilizer, lime and soil over each layer of leaves. Water it down with a hose and occasionally turn the piles to encourage the break down process.

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