All Things Gardening forum: Do you know about leaf mold?

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Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 6b)
ellenr22
Mar 30, 2018 1:43 PM CST
I am starting to use the leaf mold I made from letting leaves sit for about 3-4 years. I'm adding it to my soil.
I have so much I want to give it to a fellow gardener.
But am wondering if it could be *too* old.
thx.
Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Mar 30, 2018 3:13 PM CST
@ellenr22

In my experience the older the better with leaf mold. There is all kinds of life in leaf mold. If I were your neighbor, I would pay you good money for that stuff. But obviously you be the judge on how your plants like it.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 31, 2018 3:31 PM CST
I works great as a mulch/ weedbarrier. It decays down, into soil. Improving soil.
Working it into soil now, will deplete soil of nitrogen.
Best, worked into soil in fall, so it can decay some over winter. 👍👍

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Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 6b)
ellenr22
Apr 1, 2018 4:12 AM CST
Philip,
from what I've read leaf mold is already broken down - and therefore does not deplete soil of nitrogen.
Not saying you are wrong, just that there are different opinions...

which is why I am researching...

thanks.


Philipwonel said:I works great as a mulch/ weedbarrier. It decays down, into soil. Improving soil.
Working it into soil now, will deplete soil of nitrogen.
Best, worked into soil in fall, so it can decay some over winter. 👍👍

😎😎😎


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purpleinopp
Apr 3, 2018 8:08 AM CST
leaf mould, not mold.

I would not work it into soil at all, just put it on the surface, like mother nature does in a forest.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 3, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Yep !😀! It's great mulch, and fortifies the soil. Earthworms love it too ?👍!!!
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 3, 2018 11:21 PM CST
If you have "too much" and don't have a neighbor who gardens, spread it around any trees you have. But quite frankly, I can't imagine having too much of the stuff for gardening and flowerbed usage. I could use a truckload of it!

If nothing else, just get a compost spreader and put 1/4" on your lawn each year.

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Name: stone
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stone
Apr 4, 2018 3:35 PM CST
purpleinopp said:leaf mould, not mold.

I would not work it into soil at all, just put it on the surface, like mother nature does in a forest.

Me 2.
No such thing as "too much"!



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tx_flower_child
Apr 11, 2018 9:43 PM CST
Oh, I think I like that compost spreader.
Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 6b)
ellenr22
Apr 12, 2018 4:41 AM CST
It is "mold"

I don't know what "mould" is, unless it is mold in UK. Sticking tongue out

purpleinopp said:leaf mould, not mold.

I would not work it into soil at all, just put it on the surface, like mother nature does in a forest.


Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Apr 12, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Mold and mould are not the same thing. One is a pathogen and the other is a soil leaf and debris mixture.
Name: stone
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stone
Apr 12, 2018 4:03 PM CST
I 'googled' it...
apparently they're used interchangeably.... And while I'd always seen it with the 'u', it appears that any article from the states doesn't use it.

https://www.google.com/search?...

https://www.google.com/search?...

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tx_flower_child
Apr 12, 2018 8:35 PM CST
@stone — I don't know that it will make you feel any better but I've also seen it spelled with a 'u'. Whenever I did, however, I always skimmed past it.

Just reading the subject lines on your links to Google is kind of amusing. Thanks for posting.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 13, 2018 3:52 AM CST
Well, if it is broken down into anything that resembles dirt, you have garden GOLD! Does that help? If not, give it another year for the garden or spread it around (not mounded up) any specimen trees now.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 13, 2018 5:48 AM CST
That is the main point, Yardenman, by either spelling.
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