Composting can help get rid of leaves

John Shannon. INLT 13-802-CON
John Shannon. INLT 13-802-CON

This is the time of year that the beautiful autumn colours come in oranges, reds and rusty brown.

If there is no wind we may get to enjoy the autumn colours for longer.

Eventually the leaves will come down and create a mess and a problem on how to get rid of them.

There are a number of ways to dispose of them; the easiest is to put them into the green waste bins (usually a brown colour), which are taken by the Council and turned into compost, soil conditioner mulch or soil improver.

These recycling centres are large places with the compost heap being 3-4 metres high but are turned regularly to help decomposition and can reach up to 20-30c.

Another way of dealing with the leaves is to put them into black plastic bags and punch a few holes into the bag, letting in air and moisture. After about 12-18 months you should have usable compost.

For the keen gardener and particularly vegetable growers consider starting a compost heap and make your own compost.

The bagged compost we sell in Inver Garden Centre is made to a specific formula for the growing of various plants and shrubs, whereas what comes from a compost heap is the result of organic matter (leaves) rotting down assisted by natural bacteria.

From your household there are lots of things that can go onto the compost; heap, leaves, lawn clippings, kitchen waste, light prunings, weeds, leaves left over from the dying back of Herbaceous perennials.

Items which should not be put on a compost heap are waste meat from the kitchen, diseased plants, perennial weeds (nettles) weeds containing seeds, hard wood cuttings, rose clippings and lawn clippings which have beentreated with a selective lawn weed killer.