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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
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Nov 23, 2016 10:12 PM CST
Hi all,

I recently discovered years worth of leaf mold in the wooded area behind where I live. There is such an abundance, I think I can take enough for my small garden area without causing any harm. My only question is, what would I do with it? How does one use leaf mold in a garden? I've heard it's amazing, but have no idea how to use it.

All advice will be greatly appreciated.
AKA Joey.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Nov 24, 2016 7:22 AM CST
I would simply use it as mulch and spread it over the top of the soil. Others may have more creative suggestions.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Nov 24, 2016 7:24 AM CST
You could top=dress all your planting beds. Or mix with your soil, when planting. Some people divide perennials by cutting/digging a chunk off the plant in ground, and filling that hole left with compost, ( or your leafmold) or other improved soil.
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