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Yes, you can compost leaves! Leaves are one of the best things to add to your compost bin or pile. They contain all of the nutrients gathered from a tree’s root system and surrounding soil and spread those nutrients throughout the pile. Just about any type of leaf will work, but the most common are White Ash, American Beech, White Oak, Sugar Maple and Eastern Hemlock.
There are only two things that you need to do to make sure your leaves compost correctly: Always shred them before you compost them, and add nitrogen (grass clippings work well) to your compost pile when you add your leaves. Turn your compost pile at least once a week, and make sure the pile stays fairly damp.
If you haven’t created a compost bin yet, fall is a great time to start! Not only will annuals from your summer garden make great compost, but so will your leftover pumpkins! By springtime you’ll have heaps of rich soil to nourish your garden – for free! Read Make a Compost Bin to find out more.