The Q&A Archives: Working Leaves into Soil

Question: Is it too late in the year to till leaves into the garden?

Answer: No, as soon as the soil is dry enough, you can work leaves into the garden. You can tell the soil is ready by taking a handful of soil and squeezing it very hard. If it crumbles when you open your hand it's ready. If it stays in a ball...let it dry out some more!<br><br>The leaves will decompose more quickly if they are shredded. If they are fairly dry you can shred them by running the lawn mower over them a few times.<br><br>If possible, wait a few weeks after adding the leaves to do your planting.<br><br>The other alternative is to put them into your compost bin. They'll work VERY well there!

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