Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shredding leaves without a leaf shredder

Today my neighbor let me have 3 1/2 extra-large trashcans full of dry leaves he collected from another neighbor's yard.

I am certainly happy to have the leaves, but I needed the leaves to be smaller to take up less space and decompose faster. I did not feel like pulling out my leaf shredder that I got for low cost from a city rebate program.

The way I dealt with shredding leaves without a shredder last week was I mowed over them with my lawn mower. Most of the leaves collected into the bag, and I poured the leaves where I needed them.

Today, I did not have my mower out. So I put the leaves in a plastic kiddie pool and stomped all over them. Since the leaves were very dry, they crumpled easily. This was a lot of fun. It would be even more fun for a kid!

To store all those leaves I put set up a short piece of chicken wire fencing into a circle. Then I dumped the crushed leaves into the center. Some of the leaves fell through the wire, but that is okay. I was able to put all the leaves into an area the size of a single trash can since they were crushed.

For now, the leaves can compost in place for leaf mold. I also plan to use the leaves as needed for carbon material in the compost pile in the summer.

The best thing about shredding leaves without a leaf shredder is that I do not have to worry about rocks and sticks stopping up the shredder. Also, saving energy is really great.

Unfortunately, this would not work on leaves that are not dry. But a simple remedy for that is to leave leaves out until they are dry!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the idea, i have a lot of leaves to get shredding, we collected around 20 green bags full of leaves over the winter. We going to shred them and use them as compost.

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  2. Hi Niki,

    You did an excellent work and I will surely keep this in mind. I want to buy a shredder to clean my garden dirt. I digged around various websites and found one Arborgreen.com.au but also need someone help to find me the best deal. Niki can you help me find most powerful and competitive price shredders.

    Regards,
    Brenda.

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  3. Shredding will surely help in dirt collection and composting.

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