Aug 20, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Do holly leaves ever decompose? Don't know what variety of hollies I have, but they're big and 40-plus years old. Ouch.
Aug 20, 2016 12:16 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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They do, Lisa but they take longer than a lot of other leaves. That shiny surface on them is actually a waxy coating that helps them to shed water so they last a long, long time. My live oaks here have similar leaves. I've had them take 2 years to disappear in my compost.

If you can rake them into a layer on the lawn or somewhere, then run over them a few times with the lawn mower to cut them up, that will speed up the process. Being mixed in with lawn clippings will also help.

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Aug 20, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Thanks for your response, Elaine. We have limited space, and as a result, we don't compost. Yet. May need to reconsider that decision.
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