Composting leaves makes a dark, rich, earthy organic matter that can be used like soil. Leaf compost is not normally considered a fertilizer as it is too low in nutrient content, but is extremely beneficial as as an organic amendment and a soil conditioner.
Free Leaf Compost
The Town of Carrboro provides free leaf compost to residents. The compost is located at 7917 Old NC 86 and is accessible from dusk till dawn.
Uses of Leaf Compost
Can be used as an organic mulch on the surface of soil in place of peat moss, straw, etc.
May also be used in potting soil. However, no more than 25 to 30% of the potting soil should be leaf compost.
Benefits of Leaf Compost
Reduces alternate freezing and thawing of soils which can injure the fibrous roots of plants.
Keep the soils cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather.
Reduces rainfall runoff, thereby making more water available for plant growth.
Decreases water evaporation losses from the soil.
Reduces soil erosion by wind or water.
Soil tilth is improved making the soils easier to cultivate.
Increased biological activity of earthworms and other soil organisms.
Contains nutrients that are essential for plant growth.