Eighty to ninety percent of a plant’s nutrients are found in its leaves. As leaves fall to the ground, they decompose and these nutrients return to the soil. Composting is an easy and inexpensive way to increase soil fertility.
Free Composting Classes
Discover the easy, cost-effective way to enrich soil and conserve water with compost made in your own backyard! Learn composting basics, troubleshooting tips, worm composting and more. Drawings for free compost bins and other prizes at each class.
Classes are held one Saturday morning of each month from October through March at the Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services Facility (8203 Millennium Forest Drive). No registration is required.
Classes are sponsored by Montgomery County Master Gardener Association and Waste Management.
An undervalued commodity, leaves are an investment for the health of your landscape! Leaves bank 50 to 80 percent of a tree’s nutrients, yielding a treasure trove for plants. Reap the benefits of leaves by recycling nutrients back into the soil in these easy ways.
For Light Leaf Drop: Mow and Leave
Mulching mower works best
Remove bag, close discharge shoot and mow
A light layer shreds easily and decomposes quickly
Improves soil by adding organic matter
Efficient and easy
For Heavy Leaf Fall: Gather for Mulch
Rake or blow leaves and pine needles into beds
Greatly reduces weeds
Conserves soil moisture
Protects plant roots from temperature extremes
Adds nutrients to soil as leaves break down
Collect leaves in a compost bin
Add grass clippings, produce scraps, air and water
In time, the mixture becomes crumbly, rich humus
Use to topdress lawn and garden beds or mix into soil
Improves physical, chemical and microbial properties of soil