Oct 09, 2017

Benefits of Composting Your Tree’s Fall Leaves

Every year, Georgia homeowners look forward to the fall weather. Its a time when the green foliage of neighborhood trees turns to beautiful shades of gold, red and brown. It inspires images of crisp air, apple cider and pumpkin pie. Many families know the fall also brings a little extra yard work. The more trees on your lawn, the more raking is involved. No doubt, your children love to dive head first into the large piles when the job is done. However, did you know there’s something else you could do with that leaf pile that can benefit your family and your lawn for years to come? Composting your tree’s leaves can be a great way to recycle your yard waste and save some money in the spring time. At 404-CUT-TREE, we help residential and commercial property owners maintain their trees’ health and vitality. Over the years, we have served many families and businesses in Atlanta, Marietta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta and surrounding metro area communities. We enjoy helping local homeowners have beautiful, well cared for trees without going overbudget. Here are just a few reasons why composting your leaves can help you do just that.

Why Is it a Good Idea to Use Your Tree’s Fall Leaves for Compost?

There are many incredible benefits that homeowners can achieve by composting their fall leaves. The first is the environmental impact. The overuse of chemical fertilizers can disrupt natural ecosystems and negatively impact local wildlife. While their occasional use may be necessary to revive certain adverse soil conditions, they don’t need to be your first choice when it comes to normal lawn and garden maintenance. Composting is an excellent way to elevate available nutrients in an ecofriendly way. In addition, using leaves as compost can help aerate the soil and decrease compaction. The leaves will also be a valuable source of nutrients over time as they are broken down by natural processes. Each large pile of leaves can save dollars by alleviating the need for additional humus and plant food over the next few seasons.

Tips and Tricks for Best Results

Some homeowners attempt to compost their leaves and become frustrated when they run into issues. Thankfully, there are a few techniques that can be easily implemented to improve your chances of turning those golden oak leaves into black soil by springtime.

  • Make sure there’s enough nitrogen in the compost pile by occasionally adding a little fresh green matter. Good examples are discarded vegetable waste from your kitchen, grass clippings, straw and manure.
  • Use your lawn mower to shred leaves into smaller pieces. This will make decomposition faster and easier.
  • Turn your compost pile frequently (every 2-3 weeks) to ensure dispersion of the microorganisms that are breaking the matter down into dirt.
  • Keep your compost as warm as possible.

While it may take some effort before your trees will reap the benefits, it will be well worth your time and energy.

Want More Ways to Improve Your Soil Condition? Call the Certified Arborists at 404-CUT-TREE

Are you having issues with your trees and landscaping? The problem could be poor soil nutrients. While composting your leaves can be a great way to fertilize your soil, there are many soil amendment methods that can be utilized to get the results you’ve been looking for. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our arborists, and we’ll help you find the perfect solution.